However, some people think they are superior to the others.
How have Aboriginal people responded to these policies.
The detrimental effects of abuse in residential schools were compounded by a long series of losses experienced by students as a result of being removed from their families and communities: loss of culture, language, traditional values, family bonding, life skills, parenting skills, self-respect, and, for many, respect for others. Residential school attendance, particularly when accompanied by physical and sexual abuse, has been linked to problems of alcoholism, drug abuse, powerlessness, dependency, low self-esteem, suicide, prostitution, gambling, homelessness, sexual abuse, violence, and, as this paper argues, missing and murdered women. Some Survivors and/or their descendants have been in conflict with the legal system, including the criminal justice system and the child welfare system.
The sad story of the residential schools which is troubling.
It should be noted that, beginning in 1920, it was illegal for parents to keep their children out of residential schools, and most parents were totally unaware that their children were at risk of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, sexual, cultural, and verbal abuse while attending these institutions. In other words, parents did not have the power to protect their children from the residential schools or from the abusive treatment many students experienced in the schools. In addition, the removal of children from their families altered relationships between everyone and everything. Family bonds normally created as a result of nurturing and loving relationships were not a part of the residential school experience.
The loss of language affected the ability of children to communicate with parents and grandparents, and it reduced their access to cultural and spiritual teachings. Aboriginal women whose children and grandchildren attended residential schools were deprived of their traditional roles as mothers, grandmothers, caregivers, nurturers, teachers, and family decision-makers. These roles were similarly stolen from the generations of girls who were unable to learn through observation and interaction with their own mothers and grandmothers. The emotional bond between mothers and children was loosened. This disconnection was compounded for women who lost their Indian status and were no longer allowed to live among their people on traditional territories.