By Eric Taylor Woods

ISBN-10: 1137486708

ISBN-13: 9781137486707

ISBN-10: 1137486716

ISBN-13: 9781137486714

This e-book specializes in the habitual fight over the that means of the Anglican Church’s function within the Indian residential schools--a long-running tuition approach designed to assimilate Indigenous youngsters into Euro-Canadian tradition, within which sexual, mental, and actual abuse have been universal. From the top of the 19th century until eventually the outset of twenty-first century, the which means of the Indian residential colleges underwent a chronic transformation. as soon as a logo of the Church’s sacred challenge to Christianize and civilize Indigenous young children, they're now linked to colonialism and pain. In bringing this modification to gentle, the booklet addresses why the Church was once so speedy to get involved within the Indian residential faculties and why acknowledgment in their deleterious influence was once so protracted. In doing so, the booklet provides to our knowing of the sociological approach through which perpetrators come to acknowledge themselves as such.

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It may also be due to the fact that, as high churchmen, the Anglican elites of BNA were less disposed to the kinds of itinerant preaching that was proving to be so successful for the Methodists. In reaction to the perceived lack of initiative among Anglicans in the colony, the SPG began to withdraw from the North American missionary field in the mid-nineteenth century. This decision opened the door for the increasingly influential evangelical Anglicans to enter the North American field (Trask 2008: 331).

The hardening of the Anglican view that indigenous peoples needed to be ‘reduced’ from their barbarism before they could become Christian appears to have effected a general transformation of missionary practices by the middle of the eighteenth century. There is initial evidence of missionaries, such as David Brainerd, who focused on conversion more than the inculcation of ‘civilization’; he conducted his work in the manner of his protestant brethren by travelling widely among indigenous communities and carrying out open-air preaching and baptism while stressing a personal and emotional connection with God.

Prior to the creation of the school system, Anglicans already had a long history of missionary work among indigenous communities in North America. The pattern of meanings that emerged from this long engagement structured how they subsequently viewed the residential schools. In this regard, it provided an underlying framework for action—a root paradigm, to use Victor Turner’s words. In this chapter, I trace the making of this root paradigm, from its establishment until the creation of the residential schools.

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