We know Garnet’s story is not unique. What happened to him happened to many Aboriginal children in government-funded, church-run residential schools. It happened across the country in about 130 schools, over the span of more than 100 years. And it happened in the context of colonization that was taking place all over what is now South, Central, and North America. While we were working on our book, we researched a lot about how colonization led to residential schools. We feel it’s important to include some of that historical context as a backdrop to Garnet’s personal story.
So as we move forward, we will be posting that information on this page for you to learn some of the history that led to where we are today. We expect to include:
- an overview (including a timeline) of significant historical events.
- a summary of the policy that led to the creation of residential schools.
- a list of the schools and the churches that ran them.
- an introduction to treaties and land claims, past and present.
- other relevant information aimed at informing and enlightening us on this part of Canada’s history.
GLOSSARY The following definitions of terms are intended to help in understanding historical and contemporary concepts surrounding the history of Aboriginal people.