Métis Memories of Residential Schools

A Testament to the Strength of the Métis

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Innocence

Innocence

Teaching Statement:

After the 1885 Resistance, Métis children were referred to as “half-breeds” whose physical attributes (including skin colour) and socio-economic standing (living on road allowance due to landlessness) determined how they were treated. Residential schools modelled the systemic devaluation of Indigenous children.

Reflective Questions:

Should people be treated differently based on what they look like?  What does “the only race is the human race mean”?

If you were raised in a residential school, how do you think you would learn how to be a parent? What would you have learned about parenting in residential school?