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The boys were taught carpentry, tinsmithing, and farming. While the girls were primed for domestic service and taught to do laundry, sew, cook, and clean
Students were strictly forbidden to speak their languages—even though many children knew no other—or to practise Aboriginal customs or traditions. Violations of these rules were severelypunished.
Abuse at the schools was widespread: emotional and psychological abuse was constant, physical abuse was meted out as punishment, and sexual abuse was also common.
Some students were shackled to their beds; some had needles shoved in their tongues for speaking their native languages.
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