A Testament to the Strength of the Métis
The physical appearance of children in residential schools was often brutally altered to meet institutional standards of uniformity, without permission. Cutting long hair into bowl-shaped short cuts was one of the first steps toward the removal of self-identity upon entry into these schools.
How might you feel if someone cut your hair without permission? Would a child feel humiliated by the forced hair cut? What was the intention behind the cutting of hair?