The Impacts of Colonialism on Indigenous Children in Canada

Brittany H.



This factsheet centers Indigenous perspectives of colonial historical events to demonstrate that Indigenous children have been, and continue to be the primary target of the Canadian government in their efforts to assimilate Indigenous peoples into settler society. The factsheet speaks to the central significance of Indigenous perspectives and lived experiences for the process of truth-telling - an essential component of justice and reconciliation work.



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