Residential Schooling: Ryerson created the blueprint for residential schools. The attempt was to civilize the Aboriginal population into the English way of thinking.
Lifestyle and Education: Many children missed school since they had to partake in household duties such as farming and harvesting. Work was prioritized over school. Education was optional and not every child attended school because they couldn't afford the fees. Teachers were untrained and poorly paid.
Politics and Religious Discourses: Canada was starting to become an independent nation but was still under the British rule. Canada's first government party was the Liberal-Conservatives in 1867. Catholicism was the dominant religion during this period.