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'The Eyes of Children' - life at a residential school

In 1928, a government official predicted Canada would end its "Indian problem" within two generations. Church-run, government-funded residential schools for native children were supposed to prepare them for life in white society. But the aims of assimilation meant devastation for those who were subjected to physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Decades later, aboriginal people began to share their stories and demand acknowledgement of — and compensation for — their stolen childhoods.

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Christmastime at a residential school in British Columbia.

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television Special
Broadcast Date: Dec. 25, 1962
Duration: 28:56

Last updated: October 23, 2014

Page consulted on October 23, 2014

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