Read at least two of the personal stories of Indigenous people who were separated from their families as children. Use the table below to take notes about the details of the stories you have read.
Who separated the children from their family and community?
How were the children separated from their families?
What experiences did the children who were separated from their families have?
How long were the children away from their family?
Did the children express any strong emotions?
If so, when and why?
Did the children have brothers and sisters who were also separated from their families?
What were some of the positive experiences the children had?
What happened to other family members (parents, siblings or children)?
Part B – Group discussion
Working in pairs or a group, compare and contrast the stories you have read in reference to the notes made above.
I) On a sheet of cardboard or butchers paper, divide the page into four sections with the following headings: similarities, differences, common experiences, and long-term effects. Use the questions below to help you work through each of headings.
1. Identify and discuss the main similarities and differences between the stories. Here are some focus questions to guide your discussion:
What do the stories have in common?
What are the recurring experiences expressed in each story?
How are the stories different in terms of:
the way children were separated from their families