Impacts on First
Between the loss of
land and the colonial
governments asserting their authority, First Nations' social and
economic networks that had been upheld for generations began to fall
apart. First Nations culture, being so deeply rooted in a connection to
the land, could not but be affected by land changes resulting from the
Royal Commission. In essence, cutting First Nations access to land was
cutting away their culture.
discouraging First Nations from
organizing also had a destructive impact on the culture of communities.
Participation in potlatches, for which jail time was being enforced,
was integral to First Nations societies and economies and ensured
prosperity for all Band
along with other factors such as Indian children being taken from their
homes and placed in residential schools, disease, and substance abuse,
took a toll on the cultural unity of First Nations communities.
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