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    similar Canadian material from the same period.  Yes, the object of 'residential schools' was to train natives to be servants, but especially to get them away from their proud families and traditions and socialize them into accepting a place at the bottom of the social pecking order.

    Despite all the training for domestic or commercial servitude or menial labor, no real effort was ever made to secure actual paying jobs for these people.  There was certainly no effort at social integration, and a majority went back to the reserves to a life of cashing government checks.  It wasn't until a sort of native revival movement decades later that survivors of this mistreatment sought ways to take pride in their native heritage, language, and means of subsistence.

    Mark Twain -Let me make the superstitions of a nation and I care not who makes its laws or its songs either.

    by Kingsmeg on Mon Feb 23, 2009 at 09:48:11 AM PST

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