Digital archives of Alberta residential schools may serve educational role – News.UCalgary

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Digital archives of Alberta residential schools may serve educational role – News.UCalgary

by ahnationtalk on July 27, 202054 Views

A UCalgary researcher is working with a number of partners across Canada to develop a strategy for digitally archiving the physical structures of the few remaining residential schools in Alberta. Residential schools operated across Canada and removed First Nations, Métis and Inuit children from their homes. This system disrupted cultures, lives and communities, creating long-term trauma among Indigenous Peoples.

There were 130 residential schools across Canada; the last one closed operation in 1996. Out of the 25 that existed in Alberta, only a few buildings still remain and there is debate on what should be done with them. The buildings represent intergenerational trauma among Indigenous Peoples, but digital archives of these spaces may serve a role in education so we do not repeat the racist acts that enabled this system.

“Many Indigenous communities are divided over the question of whether these existing buildings should be demolished,” says Dr. Peter Dawson, PhD, a professor in anthropology and archaeology in the Faculty of Arts. “Because residential schools are witnesses to history and sites of conscience, our Indigenous partners feel it is important that these places, and their associated memories and meanings, are remembered.”

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