Assignment #1 Week of February 16

Dear Division 16,

Please read the article found at the link below.  The article reports on the upcoming demolition of the residential school in Northern British Columbia.  The demolition will take place on February 18.

Please read the article, look at the picture of the residential school today.  Please also listen to the audio clip found on the left hand side of the page. The interview is important for answering the questions below.

In the audio clip, Chief Robert Joseph refers to the fact that the residential school has been closed for 40 years, but the building still stands.  He also talks about how the Namgis First Nation used the building for many purposes including a school, a Tribal office and a college, among other things after the residential school closed.  He speaks about how even though it was used for positive and productive purposes, the building can never be a positive place for the people in that community and that the community is glad that the building will be demolished.

For your response this week, please think about this event and respond to ONE of the following questions:

1.  When buildings or places that represent negative or harmful history in Canada are destroyed, what effect does that have on our ability to remember the wrongs that the building represented (think about residential schools, internment camps etc).  What can we do to uphold our responsibility to remember this history once the physical reminders are gone?

2.  Think about the apology to First Nations for the residential schools.  Do you think that the church and the government should take part in the demolition of the school?  Please explain why or why not?




  1. The awesomest

    2. I think that the church and the government should take part in the demolition because the church is responsible for the residential schools and the government let it happen. Even though they apologized it still happened and they were responsible for it.

  2. Scarletcat

    #1 I think that none of us in Tami,Karim,or our class will be able to forget when the residential school survivor came to talk to us. Canadians should know about our historical past and how some of it ( residential schools) was so wrong and awful. Residential school buildings are a reminder of the horrible things we did to aboriginal people, when they get torn down we shouldn’t need that reminder anymore.Every Canadian should know about those buildings, and what they did to peoples culture and life. People who don’t know what residential camp is should research it or google it, to know what it is and why we should remember it. I think it is every Canadians responsibility to know about those buildings.

  3. who gets money

    I think that the government and the church should take part in the demolition. I think that they should either be in the crowd, serving food, giving apology speeches, or supporting the people. I think they should be there because they are the people that made residential schools happen. It wasn’t something that was voted upon by the peoples of Canada, it was something that they did –so they should be there to end it. The First Nations Peoples should be able to take part in the demolition if they wanted to, in order for them to feel that they got rid of themselves –not just by watching other people do it for them. The government were wrong and believed in “killing the Indian in the child.” Stephen Harper said this in his apology speech, which you can find in the link below. Stephen Harper should stand in front of the survivors and apologize in person, not just in letters or over the internet. I think that a lot of people could feel that he’s hiding behind a computer, and saying things that he doesn’t mean. If he goes in person, it would help the survivors heal and move on.

  4. PointyHedgeHog11

    I think it’s important for the church and government to participate in the event because it was their fault that it happened and they need to apologize to the First Nations people because they caused so much harm . It is a painful scar in Canada’s history and we need to make up for it . I understand that the First Nations people are happy that the building is getting torn down .

  5. Subway2go

    #2 I think that the church and the goverment should take place in this event because they are the ones who put them up, so they should be the ones to see it crumble to the ground. I also think they should be there because then they can see how wrong they were about these schools and so they can see the huge banners. I hope that the government and the church notice how much damage these schools did to generations of families.

  6. coolschoolscout

    #2. I totally think that the church and the government should do ALL of the demolition, because they were the ones that forced the innocent Aboriginal children to go through all that horror, just because they were different. Personally, I think that their apology should be as sincere as possible, because if they don’t look like they mean it, the Aboriginal people will not accept it. They should definitely support them, because I bet that the Aboriginal people don’t like the government at all.

  7. Jr.fruitcake

    I think that once the physical reminders are gone we will not have trouble remembering the rights and wrongs of our country. Its something that no one can forget especially because lots of first nations peoples still live in Canada and their presence is a positive reminder of a very negative event. The same goes to many other racially abusive things Canada has done. Its not easy to stop thinking about this once you are on the topic and I don’t think that anyone in the government – or anyone else – will forget any time soon.

  8. Ginger

    I think that it is very important that First Nations people know that others are trying to apologize and help with the trauma. Having church officials and people from the Canadian government at the demolition of St. Michael’s residential school will show that they do care about and respect the First Nations culture. It is also important for the officials to be at the demolition because some of their relatives or older workmates may have spent time teaching and instructing at a residential school. It may also act as a reminder to them, as well as to the survivors, to put the past behind them and not let it happen again. Knowing what we have done wrong is a great reminder to not do it again.

  9. reader

    2) I think that the church and government should not go and see the residential school get torn down, because the church was responsible for the residential school (s) and the government didn’t do anything to stop them they just let them do whatever they wanted.

  10. balloongirl123

    2 I think the government should not go to the residential school because the government might of torn it down so that’s why I did not want the government to go to residential school.

  11. petrinied4000

    No. 2
    I think the government and the churches can only come to see the school get torn down if they are truly sorry and if they respect the cultures of the first nations. I don’t think it is their fault that their ancestors messed up.
    They just have to make sure they respect the first nations in every way possible.

    • gigatool2_is_a_girl

      ▪2] I think that the government shouldn’t go and see the school get torn down, anyway the church was responsible for the school.

  12. Doctor pineapple

    #2 I think it’s sort of a good thing that this is school getting demolished, especially after the truth and reconciliation events that recently happened. It served almost as a reminder that this process isn’t just about looking back throughout the past and saying “I can’t believe that those people did such horrible things to those children” but actually helping the people and communities it affected in an active way. That’s one of the things that made the truth and reconciliation so important and why there should be more things like it. Even though the school is coming down I think it’s extremely important that people remember and try to help heal the damages of all the terrible things that we’re done to the Aboriginal people because there’s reminders everywhere. Not entirely bad ones but things like Aboriginal communal events, or like what Josette mentioned about tribal gatherings, learning the language and re-building her tribe. More people should attend those events or try to help people that you see or know that are having trouble. It was Canadians who brought them down so we have to help them get back up…


    #2 I think that government and the church should take place in the ceremony because they stared this and that what they did was horible and even if they apologized what they did was wrong and they hurt so many inasent children.

  14. NerdDurtle

    #2 I think the church and the government should be there because they started all the residential schools and they should let the memories of what happened behind because what has happen could not be changed.I think the reason the government decided to create residential schools was to help people find jobs.I remember a guest speaker that came to our school that was a survivor of residential schools talked about the doctors would pull out a lot of teeth just to earn money and didn’t care about the kids.

  15. purple giraffe 47

    I think that when a reminder that’s physical is gone that people won’t forget because if it’s a really big part of our history that there would be lot’s of books and films about it. I think ways of helping people remember parts of our history is to have museums on them. I know there’s is already the Museum of Anthropology and I think that’s a really good way to make sure people don’t forget our history 😉 😉 ❤ ❤

  16. Cheeseman ABC123

    #2 I think that the church and government should be there because the government didn’t do anything about the residential schools and the church started the residential schools .

  17. Aldwyn 2000

    #2. I think that it will benifit the first nations to see them there because they need to know that the church’s and Goverment are trying to show that they are sorry for what they did and although they can never change what happened they can still try to earn the first nations trust so that they may walk among them as people in socioty.
    As for the anger from some of the first nations they know that what happened is in the past hopefully they will reconize that soon.

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