Stories – Residential Schools

Residential schools in Canada were government-sponsored religious schools established to assimilate Indigenous children into Western culture. Children were removed from their families and placed in church-run schools, were forced to stop speaking their languages, and experienced widespread physical, emotional and sexual abuse. The last residential school in Canada closed in 1996. Stories in this category discuss the impact of residential schools on their participants and communities, and thorough their programming, attempt to restore knowledge and a sense of pride in Indigenous ways of knowing and doing.