Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Government Gives Them Everything For Free

Mohawk Industrial School was nicknamed the Mush Hole by the ‘Nishnab survivors who attended it. Mush and potatoes, that’s what Eric ate. He was a tiny child when he arrived and the other kids called him Monkey Bran because he was so hungry he would eat cow feed. Industrial schools split the day; native children as young as five, attended a half-day of classes then worked a full day in the fields, raising crops to sell to locals. This Dickensian nightmare continued on until the 1950’s and ‘60’s. A Canadian cautionary tale: starving children surrounded by a banquet of food.

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