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First Nations and the Boarding Schools

Wood supply for Indian Residential School, Vermilion, Alta.

Native children taken from tribes & boarded at Government schools to be transformed from a state of savagism, to be returned thoroughly civilized at commencement. It was the school's quintessential mission. "The Indian is DEAD in you." Reverend A.J.Lippincott proclaimed at a Carlisle commencement. "Let all that is Indian within you die! You cannot become truly American citizens,industrious,intelligent,cultured,civilized until the INDIAN within you is DEAD."

Three Lakota boys before and after their admission to the Carlisle Indian Boarding School. ca. 1880s?

c.1910 Native children at Cantonment Oklahoma. Assimilation: The removal of Native children from their homes, often forcibly, to attend government-funded residential boarding schools where they were severely punished for speaking their native language, pressured to adopt the ‘superior’ values and behaviors of the dominant Christian society, and subjected to physical and sexual abuse by school teachers and administrators.

Interview : When someone becomes aware of the often untold Indian Boarding School stories...

  • Emily Court

    Thank you for posting's an important part of history that needs to be told from those who experienced the horror of the schools.

The Influenza Epidemic of 1918. Letter of condolence from the Superintendent of the Yakima Indian Agency, Washington, Oct. 29, 1918. Bureau of Indian Affairs. This notification sent to the parents of a student at an Indian boarding school is typical of such letters.

The Influenza Epidemic of 1918

They Called It Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian School (North American Indian Prose Award): K. Tsianina Lomawaima: 9780803279575:...

Potawatomie Baptist Manual Labor Training School, KS

* “Little Butterfly Girl: An Indian Residential School Story” that portrays the fictional story of a little girl who attended Indian residential school by presenting what her life was like before, during, and after attending Indian residential school. Illustrated with beautiful artwork, this narrative picture book is available in English, Anishinaabemowin, and French.

Artist confronts the painful legacy of residential schools in 'witness blanket' The Globe and Mail: Master Carver Carey Newman is creating an intensely personal work tied to the infamous residential schools - and their survivors

Christmas Tree, Morley Indian Residential School, circa 1900.

Speaking My Truth: Reflections on Reconciliation & Residential School - Get FREE copies for yourself and your students