May 9, 2011
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
ST. ALBERT — Dating back to the 1870s, and through most of the 20th century, more than 150,000 first Nations, Metis and Inuit children were forcibly taken from their families and placed in Indian residential schools.
The federal government's aim was to "civilize," Christianize and assimilate aboriginal people into Canadian society. Canada had more than 130 residential schools, the last of which closed in 1996. The policy behind the Church-run schools was to kill the Indian in the child. Many students suffered emotional, physical or sexual abuse.