Residential Schools were created with the same goal as the Indian act; assimilation. They were schools funded by the government that stole children from their families, and from their culture. Residential school survivor Lynda Pahpasay McDonald says “I looked outside, my mom was, you know, flailing her arms, and, and I, and she must have been crying, and I see my dad grabbing her, and, I was wondering why, why my mom was, you know, she was struggling.” Many children were abused, and many more died. Those that attempted escape rarely succeeded, as the battle against the elements is one that's hard to win. The last Residential school was only shut down in 1996 which was not too long ago. The trauma of Residential schools have created inescapable cycles of abuse and poverty, and have disconnected many from their culture and history.