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No single route or experience for Métis children into residential schools: TRC report

Canada’s residential school system was a partnership between the federal government and the churches. When it came to the Métis, the partners had differing agendas.

Rita Evans went to the Grouard, Alberta, school for four years. Religious instruction and drudge work, with very little emphasis on classroom education, loom large in her memory of the school. Dechâtelets Archives, Oblates of Mary Immaculate collection

In an effort to shed light on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s findings on Canada’s Indian residential school system, The Hill Times is running excerpts from the final report over the next few days. This excerpt gives an overview of what it was like for Canadian Métis, people of mixed descent who were not able, or chose not, to be registered as Indians under the Indian Act, who suffered at residential schools. The text below has been edited

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