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A National Crime : The Canadian Government and the Residential School System

2017

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“I am going to tell you how we are treated. I am always hungry.” — Edward B., a student at Onion Lake School (1923) "[I]f I were appointed by the Dominion Government for the express purpose of spreading tuberculosis, there is nothing finer in existance that the average Indian residential school.” — N. Walker, Indian Affairs Superintendent (1948) For over 100 years, thousands of Aboriginal children passed through the Canadian residential school system. Begun in the 1870s, it was intended, in the words of government officials, to bring these children into the “circle of civilization,” the results, however, were far different. More often, the schools provided an inferior education in an atmosphere of neglect, disease, and often abuse. Using previously unreleased government documents, historian John S. Milloy provides a full picture of the history and reality of the residential school system. He begins by tracing the ideological roots of the system, and follows the paper trail of internal memoranda, reports from field inspectors, and letters of complaint. In the early decades, the system grew without planning or restraint. Despite numerous critical commissions and reports, it persisted into the 1970s, when it transformed itself into a social welfare system without improving conditions for its thousands of wards. A National Crime shows that the residential system was chronically underfunded and often mismanaged, and documents in detail and how this affected the health, education, and well-being of entire generations of Aboriginal children.

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education canada indians of north america history social conditions social science residential schools native peoples indians, treatment of ethnic studies native american studies government relations post-confederation (1867-)

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-396) and index
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CaOOCEL
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Dewey Decimal Classification Number
371.829/97071
Dewey Decimal Edition Number
23
Distributor
Canadian Electronic Library (Firm),
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Issued as part of the desLibris books collection
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LCCN
E96.5
LCCN Item number
M55 2017eb
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CaBNVSL
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CaBNVSL
Physical Description | Extent
1 electronic text (xliii, 409 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates)
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CaOOCEL
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(CaBNVSL)thg00974262
(OCoLC)988040559
(CaOOCEL)452834
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Title proper/short title
Canadian government and the residential school system, 1879 to 1986
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CaBNVSL
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