Residential Schools

RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS were government-funded, church-operated boarding schools for FIRST NATIONS children. The first ones opened in Ontario in the 1840s and the government extended them across the country during the 1880s. In BC before that time First Nations children attended either the available public schools with other children or the several schools established by missionaries (see EDUCATION). Along with providing a basic education, residential schools, also known as industrial schools,...

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