“Residential Schools” is a three-part podcast series created by Historica Canada and hosted by Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais. It aims to commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools, and honour the stories of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Survivors, their families, and communities.
The Residential Schools podcast series is part of a larger awareness campaign created by Historica Canada and funded by the Government of Canada. Along with the podcast series, Historica Canada also offers a video series, an education guide, and several new entries on The Canadian Encyclopedia about the history and legacy of residential schools.
Illustrations by Halie Finney.
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In the late 1940s, a Special Joint Committee created by the Government of Canada found that Indian Residential Schools weren’t working. Residential schools across the country were ordered to be closed and their students be transferred to provincial schools. But then, over a decade later, two new residential schools opened in Inuvik, Northwest Territories: Grollier Hall and Stringer Hall. In this episode, Dinjii Zhuh historian Dr. Crystal Gail Fraser, an assistant professor in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies, explains why the government ignored those recommendations, and what that meant for institutionalized students. Survivors Piita Irniq and Abraham Anghik Ruben give first-hand accounts of life in Northern residential schools. Hosted by Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais, this is “Residential Schools: Inuit Experiences.”
The Métis are sometimes described as the “forgotten people,” particularly when it comes to the residential school experience. In this episode, Dr. Tricia Logan, a Métis historian and researcher at the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC, describes the complex and nuanced experiences of Métis students within the system. Hosted by Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais, this is “Residential Schools: Métis Experiences.”
First Nations Experiences
Gordon’s Indian Residential School in Punnichy, Saskatchewan shut its doors in 1996. It was the last federally run residential school in Canada.
More than two decades later, the legacy of what went on behind those doors continues to be felt by Survivors, their families, and communities. In this episode, University of Manitoba’s Dr. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair describes the effects of residential schools on First Nations peoples. Survivors Riley Burns and Ed Bitternose recount their personal experiences at Gordon’s. Hosted by Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais, this is “Residential Schools: First Nations Experiences.”
New Podcast: Residential Schools
Coming March 3, 2020: A three part podcast series hosted by Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais about the history of residential schools in Canada. The Residential Schools podcast series aims to commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools, and honour the stories of Survivors, families, and communities.
This podcast is both amazingly informative and absolutely heartbreaking. Thank you for giving a voice to survivors. Their story’s need to be told and herd by all Canadians
Good for a base level of knowledge but also a plug for Gov of Canada
Worth a listen for a basic level of knowledge and to hear the testimonies from survivors. There is too much focus on what Canada is doing now to help. These were concentration camps and some of the language used to to describe doesn’t feel strong enough. They didn’t die of all of these horrible acts committed against them. They were murdered.
We need to remember
Inuit, First Nations, and Métis mater and had suffered...😢