A new project will show Canadians the history of the residential schools

A new project will show Canadians the history of the residential schools

Embodying Empathy project will reveal secret things that happened in residential schools in the previous Century.

The University of Manitoba hopes that its new project will help the Canadians understand the past of the country better.

Embodying Empathy project will show an Indian school that was open from 1906 to 1970. The project takes as a basis 4 years of work with those people who survived and could tell what actually happened in those early years.

Theodore Fontaine, one of the people taking part in the project, believes that the Canadians should learn the real things that happened in residential schools, it is vital.

Dr. Andrew Woolford is one of the founders of the program and talking about his project, he said that some things will not be publicized, all the details of physical and sexual violence that happened at the Fort Alexander Indian Residential School will not open. In his opinion, most people even have no idea about the real things that happened there.

More than 150,000 indigenous children were withdrawn from families and closed in boarding schools, in order to forcefully teach them to Canadian culture and make them live according to the laws of the modern state. More than 6 thousand children died in that school.

People who survived and could tell about those years of their lives reported that the main task in that school was to make them forget their culture and lose their identity.

Similar schools existed in Canada for about 80 years, and the last of them was closed in 1996. The former government officially apologized for what happened in those schools.

The ultimate goal of Embodying Empathy project is to introduce it into the school curriculum in the future.

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Embodying Empathy project Fort Alexander Indian Residential School The University of Manitoba
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