Abstract

Abstract:

For over a century, the Government of Canada sent Indigenous children across Canada to residential schools to assimilate, Christianize, and "civilize" Indigenous people into Settler society. Assimilation became official government policy in 1876 with the passing of the Indian Act, which gave the Canadian state the power to govern all aspects of Indigenous people's lives. In the 1980s, many Indigenous people demanded recognition of the injustices and abuse experienced by many residential school survivors. Additionally, many scholars have looked at the injustices and abuse in residential schools as an overt attempt to erase Indigenous culture. However, few have investigated the continuation of epistemicidal policies afterward. Through a case-study of Treaty 7 communities, this article focuses on the post-residential school era and argues that the schooling provided by the Canadian government during the period of integration represents another attempt to subvert Indigenous knowledge and pedagogies.

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