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In the previous chapters, we learned about the ideas that Europeans falsely employed to categorize the Indigenous Peoples of North America. This chapter examines how these views were put into action after Confederation in 1867.





Get an overview of the central themes you will explore in these readings on The Indian Act and the Indian Residential Schools.

Historical Background

Historical Background

Go deeper into the history of the the Indian Act and the founding of the Residential Schools system.

Reading 1 of 2

Killing the Indian in the Child

Learn about the goal of assimilation held by many in colonial Canada and its influence on the creation of the Indian Residential Schools system.

Reading 2 of 2

The Role of the Churches

Get insight into the complicated role the Christian church played in the Indian Residential Schools system.

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