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An Immigrant to Canada Grapples With Residential School Legacy

by Esther Leung

For 120 years, over 150,000 Aboriginal children (Metis, First Nations, and Inuit) in Canada were forcibly separated from their families to attend Indian Residential Schools run by churches and funded by the government. They were stripped of their culture and many suffered physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.Screen Shot 2015-01-05 at 10.10.26 AM

As an immigrant, I certainly did not know about this when I first moved to Canada in 1990 from Hong Kong.

The effects of residential schools still impact societies, cultures, and families today. These residential schools were designed to “kill the Indian ” and to assimilate them to become English-speaking Christians.

As I settled into my new Canadian life, I learned more about the history of the Aboriginal people from first-hand experience when I served in an inner city church (New Beginnings Baptist Church) for over 10 years through worship ministry.

As a Christian, I was shocked that this kind of injustice was done to the First Peoples of this land by churches. Can you imagine? If you were one of the residential school children, these may have happened to you:
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