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In 2006 the government of Canada agreed to a settlement package of $2 billion dollars as compensation to the victims of Canadian Indian Residential School System . Approximately 86,000 Native Canadians were removed from their homes in placed in the residential schools. Christie Residential School on Meares Island was one of these schools.
I visited the school in 1974, a year after it was closed. My wife had attended as a child after spending a year in the hospital being treated for Tuberculosis.
|"The school is removed from all Indian Settlements, which is a great advantage that can be appreciated to its full extent only by those engaged in the education and Christianization of this race." - Father Augustin Joseph Brabant.|
|Students were forbidden to speak their native tongue and a large number were subjected to physical and sexual abuse.|
|"It was hard to get children. The parents did not like to part with them. It needed a lot of coaxing and persuading." - Augustin Joseph Brabant|
|We visited the school in 1974, a year after it was closed|
|The view from a window|
|The building was abandoned except for a Catholic Brother and Nun who I suppose acted as caretakers.|
|The place had a certain mood|
|Quotations taken from Reminiscences of the West Coast of Vancouver Island|
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|Augustin Joseph Brabant 1845 - 1912|
Source : Mission to Nootka 1874 - 1900
|Source : Mission to Nootka 1874 - 1900|