Should we delete bad history?
by andrewricha98 on November 6, 2017 - 8:34pm
Tim Fontaine writes an article called “destroying personal accounts of residential schools would just compound the tragedy.” The author states that books give facts, but the accounts of each child that attended residential school have a story. Fontaine said that it’s sad to see the Supreme Court rule in favor of erasing these records. There are 38,000 testimonies of survivors of abuse and misery. These documents state’s the author, are proof of the reality that happened in these residential schools with precise details. It is a dark chapter in Canadian history. What happened in these schools are still resound in communities today. This is history, and the government should not get rid of them because the future generation should know about them with as much detail as possible. Canadians and indigenous need to see the range of which these residential school went. Fontaine says that he understands that it is confidentiality and that the testimonies should stay private, but it is time for Canada to guarantee the survivors with help so they could control their trauma. There is still a probability that the Supreme Court has a change of heart. The author closes with a hope statement that we lose a lot of survivors each year and that it is sad that their stories die with them.
This is gloomy to see that the Supreme Court wants to erase this sad and dark chapter. These records should be preserved and integrated into a museum because we need to learn about them. Behind every testimony, there’s a hard and dark story that followed every child I agree. These residential schools were built up to take away the indigenous culture and instore the western culture. These kids were raped, beaten, and many of them died. I do agree that it should remain private until that individual dies and decides to share his story but erasing them is a wrong decision. To add, when I was in high school I did not learn about these classes; maybe we stumbled upon it for five minutes which is not enough time to cover the subject. The government needs to take a stand and teach the youth our harsh history. Only about nine years ago the former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, apologized on Canada’s behalf. Knowing about them and confessing that what Canadians did was wrong and this will help us come to peace with the indigenous and ourselves. It shows that we are not scared of our past and that we should keep moving forward in harmony.
Do you consider the renaming of streets and adding a symbol of Iroquois on the flag is enough?
Fontaine, Tim. “Destroying personal accounts of residential schools would just compound the tragedy: Opinion.” CBCnews, CBC/Radio Canada, 10 Oct. 2017, www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/residential-schools-record-1.4344096.