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Zhou’s Discussion Response 2

There is no doubt that the aboriginal people in Canada faced myriads of challenges especially at the hand of colonialists in the 19th and 20th centuries. Despite their quest to preserve their native culture and independence, the aboriginals faced pressure from the colonialists to abandon their culture and embrace the Euro-Canadian culture (Milloy, 2017). I agree with your argument that the push to embrace a foreign culture and lifestyle resulted in the permanent disruption of the Native people’s paving the way for long-term psychological, physical, and spiritual problems. As witnessed around the world at the time, the Canadian settlers’ primary objective was to erode the existing Canadian cultures to have an easy time in their expansion quests.

Different strategies were used to assimilate Native peoples into mainstream society. In line with your discussion, the residential school system, through which indigenous children were forced to embrace Western education and abandon their native culture was one of the prominent strategies (Milloy, 2017). However, I would also add the enfranchisement policy as one of the initiatives that played a role in the assimilation of Native peoples into mainstream society (Joseph, 2016). Despite the differences in the residential school system and the enfranchisement initiative, I agree that the aboriginal people were adversely affected with the enforcement of these initiatives. Just like the residential school system that resulted in adverse cultural and social effects that interfered with the Native people’s ability to cope with the new environment, enfranchisement exposed the natives to adverse social effects such as racism that catapulted severe poor treatment. Moreover, the enforcement of both policies put the Canadian government at loggerheads with the international community as both went against fundamental human rights.


Joseph, B. (2016, September 1). Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples®. Indian Act and enfranchisement of Indigenous Peoples. Retrieved January 10, 2018, from

Milloy, J. S. (2017). A national crime: The Canadian government and the residential school system (Vol. 11). Univ. of Manitoba Press. Retrieved from,+J.+S.+(2017).+A+national+crime:+The+Canadian+government+and+the+residential+school+system+(Vol.+11).+Univ.+of+Manitoba+Press.&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi0v-n93czYAhUIM8AKHeKqBekQ6AEIKTAA#v=onepage&q&f=false