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In my last article, I wrote about the terrible Canadian Residential Schools and their effects on First Nations people to this day.
What I didn’t mention was the fact that one of the most infamous residential schools in this region was built in a very familiar place: Kuper Island.
You may not recognize the name, because it was officially changed just a few years ago. Today, the island goes by what it should be rightfully called… Penelakut.
Note: All black and white images in this gallery are from the British Columbia Archives.
- If you want to hear more stories from Kuper Island Residential School, take a look at this video. It’s a bit dated, but the emotions are still quite raw.
- To learn more about life inside the residential schools, take a look at this website. It has photos, interviews with survivors and even an interactive digital “tour” of one of the schools.
- Pray for the survivors of the Kuper Island Residential School. As I wrote about in my last article, there are many, many wounds from the past that are only now beginning to heal.
About the Author: Barry is the founder and director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.