What were Residential Schools?

A picture of Canadian Indigenous Children being seized by the RCMP
to be placed in Indian Residential Schools — Painting by Kent Monkman

What were Residential Schools?

In recent months, Canadian Residential Schools have made headlines. On the site of these schools were found mass graves, a grim reminder of a dark period in the history of Canada.

So what were residential schools?

Residential Indian Schools were schools set up in both the United States and Canada during the late 1800s. They were…