Métis Memories of Residential Schools

A Testament to the Strength of the Métis

Tile #11

Escaping Home

Escaping to Home

Teaching Statement:

By taking children away from their families and communities, the residential schools were designed to sever healthy and essential family connections. Residential schools were often located far away from Indigenous communities to discourage children from spending time with their family and to isolate them from their community. Many children opted to run the risk of escaping the schools even in dangerous winter conditions, many did not survive.

Reflective Questions:

What does cultural genocide mean and how was it enforced at residential schools?

 If you were raised in an institution and unable to depend on others to meet more than your basic needs, how might this impact on your ability to trust others?