A new book aims to preserve history and shed light on the life children faced at an urban residential school in Winnipeg.
Survivors of the Assiniboia Indian Residential School recently came together to write and publish “Did you see us? Reunion, Remembrance and Reclamation at an Urban Indian Residential SchoolThe incident reignited a fierce conversation over whether outdoor activities should be banned during Ontario,” which details the cultural struggle children faced at the school on a day-to-day basis, as they were forced to assimilate.
“They completely ignored who we were as individuals,” Theodore Fontaine, a survivor of the school, told CTV News. “The perception of who Indian people were. They were stupidcovid in schools. They were not real.”
Assiniboia Indian Residential School operated from 1958 to 1973 in what is now the affluent Winnipeg neighbourhood of River Heights. IronicallyThe BJP and other parties as well as a giant Hindu festival o, the school is now home to the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.