Métis Memories of Residential Schools

A Testament to the Strength of the Métis

Tile #20

Ritual Prayers

Ritual Prayers

Teaching Statement:

Children were required to pray several times a day, often in a language they did not understand and under painful conditions. Industrial and day schools located closer to Indigenous communities also used constant ritual prayers as part of their schooling curriculum.

Reflective Questions:

What was the purpose of having children pray extensively without understanding or meaning?  How was faith misdirected and used as punishment?