Poetry Reveals the Dark Periods of Canada’s History

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‘Assault’ on residential school students’ identities began the moment they stepped inside

In this photo, you can see the difference between the boy before and after he was forced into the residential school system. The objective of the school was to assimilate the First Nations youth to the “ideal” image of Caucasian culture. They convinced them their culture and was wrong and went to extreme proportions to erase any trace of their previous beliefs.

1 Comment on Poetry Reveals the Dark Periods of Canada’s History

  1. bbarazzuol
    April 25, 2019 at 7:41 pm (5 years ago)


    Thank you for posting your reflection based on Gord Downie’s poem, “The Stranger,” from the book, “The Secret Path.”

    You seem to have a great understanding of the main issues brought forth in the poem about First Nations people within Canada.

    I like the diction choices you have utilized, such as the word “imperative.”

    Thank you for sharing,

    Mr. Barazzuol


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