One of the visible minorities groups that have huge disadvantages in society is the Aboriginal group. The Canadian government invented residential school to assimilate them. In the residential school, children were not encouraged to strive beyond their social status, because the residential school was structured based on racists, sexist and class-based ideologies (McMullin 212). Aboriginal men are mostly taught how to farm and Aboriginal girls are mainly taught about domestic work (McMullin 212). Other than assimilation, the other aims of residential school were to produce new and subordinate working that would benefit the colonizer (McMullin 212).
In residential schools, many Aboriginal children experience abuse. The abuse leaves long-term traumatic effects on the Aboriginal people. Many survivors have difficulties expressing love or communicating with their children (Campbell 281). Due to stress and trauma, many Aboriginal people, mostly men, turn to drugs and alcohol to release their stress for a moment. As a result, many of them lose themselves due to the effect of drugs and alcohol, so it is not a surprise that Family violence is more prevalent Aboriginal household.
Family violence occurs when men use force to maintain power and control over the women in the relationship (McMullin 157). Aboriginal women are three times more likely to experience domestic violence than non-Aboriginal women, and mostly the children witness the violence (Campbell 283). I have heard many experiences from Aboriginal people through Kwantlen’ s truth and reconciliation symposium. One of the guest speakers of the symposium shared his own experiences about his father. His father was the survivor of the residential school and his father had post-trauma to the abuse in residential school.
His father turned to drugs and alcohol for a release. Since then, his father changed, became more aggressive and started being physical towards his mother and him.
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