January 30, 1958 (23rd Parliament, 1st Session)


John Whitney Pickersgill


Mr. Pickersgill:

I did quite a little bit about these things although I did not, I confess, do
nearly as much as my predecessor, Mr. Harris, had done. However, it is one of those things about which I do want to make some observations.
I could not agree more completely with what the hon. member for Skeena had to say about the matter of education. There is no question whatsoever that the faster we can get the Indians into the same schools as the non-Indian children, the better. There is no doubt that even when Indian children spend three or four years in a segregated school they do tend to go to the non-segregated school with an inferiority complex which is very hard to overcome. This problem is by no means easy to solve; it requires adult education on both sides. I know from my experience in the department that on the several occasions when we tried to encourage the integration of schools it was not always the Indians who resisted and I do not believe that anything is going to be accomplished-

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