Métis Memories of Residential Schools

A Testament to the Strength of the Métis

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Acts of Assimilation and Trauma

Acts of Assimilation and Trauma

Teaching Statement:

The physical appearance of children in residential schools was often brutally altered without permission. Forced hair cuts were one of the first steps toward the removal of self-identity.

Reflective Questions:

How might you feel if someone cut your hair without permission? Would a child feel humiliated by the forced hair cut?  What was the intent behind the cutting of hair?

WARNING

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