Confessing the Past: Mennonites and the Indian School System
Mennonites (from various conferences and assemblies) were a part of this colonial education system. Though imbued with good intentions, we too were touched by paternalism and racism as we sought to bring a “civilizing gospel” to our host peoples. As one Mennonite leader regrettably said in 1963, “We feel that saving the Indian out of his squalor, ignorance and filth is step one in bringing him to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.”
Provides a simple timeline of Mennonite involvement in the Indian school system.
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