Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Paris Rama, Ontario

Fair address: Simcoe County Regional Fair

Project: Residential Schools: The Intergenerational Impacts

As another failed attempt at assimilating Aboriginal People, Residential Schools have impacted our people for generations. This project explores perspectives of survivors and generations that follow. A visit to one of the schools and hearing stories reminds us that the legacy of these schools continues.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most important thing I learned is that my Papa attended Residential School. I am not happy that he went but he ran away and successfully escaped the brutality of the Mohawk Institute.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Our people who went to the Residential schools often had a rough life. They lost their language and family. Other Canadians need to know the truth so history does not repeat itself.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

Traditionally we followed laws of respect and believed in important teachings. Residential Schools treated children horrifically. Even those not hurt physically, mentally or sexually, suffered the loss of family, culture and spirit. Now our First Nation school is taking back language, culture and standing up for our beliefs and way of life.

  • Max Vatrt 2014 Young Citezen

    I liked how you had your opinion on the subject and others as well from all ages.

    — Max V – 2014 Young Citizen

    11/07/2014 6:22:01 PM

  • C White

    You have done a good job of telling a story that should never be forgotten. Congratulations on being an Ontario Young Citizen.
    08/07/2014 3:35:41 PM

  • Shaughna Crew

    Paris, thank you for sharing such an important history lesson with us - and helping to make others aware of how current this topic still is, and still needs to be! You are a great advocate for the cause, keep up the good work.
    08/07/2014 1:07:38 PM

  • cathy therriault

    love it !!! Thanks :D awesome job
    07/07/2014 1:30:40 PM

  • Danielle

    So very proud of you. This is a difficult topic to speak about but very important that we remember. You did an amazing job!
    07/07/2014 10:37:17 AM

  • Shawna

    Come on communities, let's vote for Paris and her project!
    07/07/2014 9:32:37 AM

  • Johnny Lee Snake

    Very impressive, brought tears to my eyes.
    01/07/2014 7:43:06 PM

  • Andrew Big Canoe

    What to go Paris, an Amazing job to let everyone know what happened to our people.
    23/06/2014 7:12:00 PM

  • sherry

    I am so proud of Paris that I could just about bust!!
    20/06/2014 8:56:01 AM

  • Jen

    Good work
    19/06/2014 4:37:52 PM

+ Add Comment

Comments are moderated and will be reviewed before they are posted to the website.


Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.