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?

 

Article:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/residential-schools-record-1.4344096

         

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.

Comments

I decide to comment your post because I think the topic is interesting. It is a matter that should be discussed.

No, I do not think that it is what we should do to repair the past wrongdoings. I think it is a good way to honor the fallen ones, but we should focus on helping today's communities by listening to their requests and acting in accordance. The decision of the Supreme Court should be modified and adapted to the requests of the Indigenous people. If they want to have their dark moments erased, they have the right to but we shouldn't be the ones deciding that. We should also dedicate a whole chapter of our history books on the residential school and the other assimilation attempts.
However, will the government ever be able to make it up to the Indigenous people and how far are they willing to go for reconciliation?

It would be totally wrong to erase our bad history because it permits us to analyze the full portrait of the history even if it is shameful. Furthermore, our past influences our future in the sense that we can take voluntary control not to repeat our mistakes and use this past to learn forgiveness in order to be more optimistic.

There is one thing that people need to understand and that is that the winners throughout history are the ones who write history. For example, Alexander the Great who conquered a large portion of Europe and West Asia, but could not conquer India and fabricated history.
Personally however I believe that history should not be changed as it is, as one of my history teachers would say, the best way to learn from past mistakes and is the main reason history is taught.

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