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There was recently a discovery of children who had died at a residential school. What is the goal of the media and First Nations in highlighting this and bringing it to the public's attention? There have been protests and I'm curious what their purpose is? Many organizations have issued official apologies. Do they need more appologies, or is the goal to spread the history of what happened?

I hate to ask this question but sometimes I feel a bit skeptical: in what ways did the residential schools significantly differ from the other boarding schools at the time. For example (to my limited understanding) it was still considered acceptable for teachers to beat students as a form of discipline. Also it still is the law the children of a certain age must attend school, and that classes be conducted in English.