Government Responsibilities

Why the Canadian Government should be blamed: Steven Harper, the man who apologized on behalf of the Canadian Government and Canadian people for the participates the encouragement of Residential schools in 1870. These schools have left a bad mark on Canada’s history and many people don’t agree with the use of them to assimilate young first native children. Though,  the Canadian Government had apologized to both the people and the communities that had been effected in any way by these residential schools many people still blame the Canadian Government for the mark that the schools have left on our country. Some people say to our government today is to be blamed for Canada’s past involvement in these residential schools. Usually, the Canadian Government is accused of permitting the killing and horrible assimilation of many first nations people and children. Due to being overall responsible for these cruel ideas and actions, as well as being aware of the residential schools and could have done something to stop them but didn’t, the Canadian Government should be to blame for the trauma of the first nations people and communities.


Why the Canadian Government should not be blamed: The government should not be blamed for the use of residential schools because they did not understand the culture that the First Nations people had, and were unaware the harm they were causing these communities and people. The government was not aware of the effect that these schools had on communities. Now that residential schools are no longer in use in the Canadian Government anymore, should not be blamed for past participation in these schools. Even though the past Canadian government allowed such schools the decision was not made by the Canadian leaders that we now know in that case the current government should not be to blamed.


My opinion: I believe that the government should be blamed for the participation in the use of residential schools in Canada. The government was the only reason why residential schools were used in the first place, and they could have easily stopped their part in residential schools and they could have understood how the first nations were feeling. Obviously the First Nations people were upset with the government when they had to allow their children to be taken from them and assimilated from their culture.



canadas conflicts 20th century

Conflicts of the 20th Century

First world war (1914-1918)

Main countries involved in this war were Russia, USA, China, Italy, Japan, Canada, Australia, India and South Africa. There were about 172,000 injuries and 66,000 fatalities. In the beginning of August, Britain, Canada, Newfoundland, along with other dominions and colonies, went to war.  The outcome of this war was Great Britain and their allies were victorious and Germany had a big loss. The allied troops created a peace treaty with Germany. In order to end the war, the allied troops created a treaty called the Treaty of Versailles.

Second world war (1939-1945)

The main nations involved were USA, Russia, France, Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, and Japan. Canada declared war on Germany on September 10th, 1939. In December, 7,500 soldiers arrived in Britain. Then, Canada declared war on Italy, a year later on September 10th 1940. 1.1 million Canadians served in the Army and more than 44,000 lost their lives and 55,000 were injured. The outcome of this war was Germany was taken down by the Soviet Union, and Germany and its capital Berlin were divided into four parts

Russian civil war (1918-1920).

The countries involved in this war were Russia SFSR, France, USA, White movement, United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, China, Australia, Canada, Poland, India, and Czechoslovakia. There were 22 injured and 14 people were killed. In February of 1918, Russia and Germany sign the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk which gave Russian land to Germany in exchange for Russia’s exit out of WW1. The Soviet Union became the new Russian power.

Korean war (1950-1953

The countries involved were South Korea, North Korea, China, Soviet Union, United Nations, USA, United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Colombia, Greece, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, and Ethiopia.

There were 516 Canadians killed and around 1020 injured. 6,000 Canadians participated on the side of the UN, and Canada sent eight destroyers. The North Korea invasion and Chinese invasion of South Korea were forced away.