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.

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    • 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.
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  1. Dave Rod said... 


    April 2nd, 2012 at 8:36 pm  

    The grass is trying to cover the shame of the destroyed buildings. Creation is doing its part to bury the past. Wish hearts and souls could bury the pain that easily.

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