This presentation will explain the history of the residential school system in Canada, its origins, policies, and impacts. It will explain the role of both the federal government, as well as the missionaries and churches who ran the schools.
We will discuss the experiences of children who attended the schools, and the impacts this system had on Indigenous communities.
The presentation will also look specifically at the history of the Mohawk Institute in Brantford, Ontario, the oldest and longest-running residential school in Canada, and will consider the unique history of the institution, as well as the important work of survivors to educate the public about their experiences today.
Speakers: Elder Rick Hill, Dr. Alison Norman, Ryan Shackleton