First Nations Residential Schools

First Nations Residential Schools

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  • Y-y-you will s-see.
  • Mommy, where are we going?
  • Why are they doing this to us?
  • Goodbye Thomas...
  • St.Paul's Residential School
  • No! Don't leave me alone!
  • Let's go Indian boy.
  • There are many rules you must follow. The most important being you can't speak any other language but English and French. You also may not follow any of your previous religious, cultural or spiritual traditions and can only believe in the Christian faith. If you misbehave, you will be punished.
  • 8-year-old Thomas Moore and his mother were living on a small farm in southern Ontario. On May 26th 1867, his mother urgently told him that they had to go somewhere but didn't explain why.
  • This is your room along with others. Change into the clothes on the bed, then follow the signs to classroom 6B. And.... get those stupid feathers out of your hair. NOW!
  • Thomas's mother left him at St.Paul's residential school in northern Ontario with no explanation as to why. He was devastated because the man she left him with treated him like he was a dog.
  • Take a seat. Today we will be learning about English verbs.
  • English Verbs
  • He was taken into the school and saw hundreds of First Nations children in the gym. A man on the stage was giving a speech about the rules and regulations of the school. The goal of the school was to assimilate the children.
  • After the speech, Thomas was shown his room. Rows upon rows of beds filled the room, each with a plain white shirt and black pants on top.
  • In the classroom, Thomas was only taught English and French. He was forbidden from speaking his own language. He was warned that if he was caught speaking anything else, he would not be fed for three days.
  • After school was over, Thomas was taken to a church where he was taught to pray and to only believe in the Christian faith. He was not allowed to follow any of his previous spiritual traditions.
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