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CANA 1F91

Dr. Brian De Ruiter

Heidi Madden

January 28, 2016

Indian Horse and Hockey

Saul Indian Horse is a Ojibway child who grew up in a land which offered little contact with anyone belonging to a different kind of society until he was forced to attend a residential school in which children were being stripped away of their culture with the scope of assimilating them into a more “civilized” community. Saul’s childhood in the school, greatly pervaded by psychological abuse and emotional oppression, was positively upset once one of the priests, Father Leboutillier, introduced him to the world of hockey, which soon become his sole means of inclusion and identification, mental well-being and acknowledged self-worth in his life. It is though universally acknowledged how, for every medal, there are always two inevitably opposite sides. Although hockey itself became his medium of escapism from psychological oppression, it also harvested feelings of exclusion and peer pressure. The attempt to accomplish his idea of cultural acceptance and mutual respect while trying to find his sense of worthiness and mental freedom in the rink was challenged by a discriminatory Canadian society possessing the brainless idea of hockey being “their game” (Wagamese 94). Abandoned by his parents, Saul’s sense of loneliness was reinforced at St. Jerome’s residential school and his beliefs, as well as his innocence, became compromised by the staff’s attempt to brainwash him through assimilation of western culture (81). Despite the progressive development of his sense of unworthiness, Saul was extremely connected to his natural environment thanks to his grandmother’s teachings, and was flabbergasted to find out of the existence of a sport played on ice in outside rinks, which reminded him of the freedom he could not obtain. We can readily see in the…...

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