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The Aboriginal People of Canada

            Aboriginals are the first people to have ever lived in North America and lived quite peacefully before they were colonized by Europeans around the late 1400 ("Aboriginal Issues." Centre for Social Justice. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Jan. 2014). Though they were the first people to live in this country they have very little representation in today's society. Many aboriginals tend to live on Reserves which are little patches of land given to the aboriginal people. So they can hunt and raise their family's. While others live in upper Canada like the north west territories. They tend to face racism and judgement against them. In the areas they live there are very little schools and education. Causing aboriginal teens to fall into drugs, alcohol and even drop out of school. Most of the problems this ethnic group faces is a result of the lack of Education and their struggles to get help.
             For over 150 years aboriginal children were taken from their parents at age 7 and put into residential schools ("A History of Residential Schools in Canada." CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, n.d. Web. 06 Jan. 2014). These kids were forced to be Christian and learn English forgetting their native tongue and religion. These children lived in horrible conditions and where physically, mentally and sexually abused. Around 3000 children died in their care ("A History of Residential Schools in Canada." CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, n.d. Web. 06 Jan. 2014). When they were sent back home at the end of school these children had a hard time relating with their parent and family's. They could not even talk to their parents because they had a different language. Things like this resulted in depression and even suicide. Many of those students had a hard time coping with the trauma they endured. This type of damage was hard for them to come back from. Although Canada apologized for their mistreatment of Aboriginals. Many turned to drinking and drugs after this trying to block the past and this is why many don't speak about the past and what was done to them.

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