Mar. 10-14

Students are learning about the Indian Residential Schools  (Project of Heart). In addition to watching the video “The Fallen Feather”, students could check out the powerpoint … PowerPoint – Indian Residential Schools

Students will be required to argue that the IRS was an attempted genocide…applying their knowledge from the Genocide Project. Here’s the assignment Residential Schools Genocide

Here’s some helpful information….

IRS Genocide blog  Unbelievable, but Undeniable: Genocide in Canada

IRS genocide Globe and Mail  What Canada Committed Against First Nations Was Genocide

“The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been investigating the array of crimes committed in Canada’s Indian Residential Schools. Genocide is being invoked with increasing regularity to describe the crimes inflicted within the IRS system, the intent behind those crimes, and the legacies that have flowed from them. We ask the following questions. Did Canada commit genocide against Aboriginal peoples by attempting to forcibly assimilate them in residential schools? How does the UN Genocide Convention help interpret genocide claims? If not genocide, what other descriptors are more appropriate? Our position might be described as “fence sitting”: whether genocide was committed cannot be definitively settled at this time. ”

MacDonald, David and Hudson, Graham. The Genocide Question and Indian Residential Schools in Canada. Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue Canadienne de Science Politique 45:2. June 2012.  12 March 2014. <http://ssrn.comabstract=2215257&gt;

UNREPENTANT: Canada’s Hidden Genocide.  Unrepentant documents Canada’s dirty secret – the planned genocide of aboriginal people in church-run Indian Residential Schools – and a clergyman’s efforts to document and make public these crimes.   First-hand testimonies from residential school survivors are interwoven with Kevin Annett’s own story of how he faced firing, de-frocking, and the loss of his family, reputation and livelihood as a result of his efforts to help survivors and bring out the truth of the residential schools.

This video is explicit…use if you like for your assignment, but more importantly, write me a response to the video that answers this question: ” In your opinion, what long term effects did living at Residential Schools have on First Nations people and their communities?”

Looking for primary source quotes? Mr.Moore and Mr. David’s classroom has some…

IRS survivor form  This is the form that survivor’s were asked to fill out in order to qualify for    compensation for the abuses they suffered at residential school….

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