Father Greg MacLeod Lecture Series: The Legacy of the Indian Residential School System

The Legacy of the Indian Residential School System: How did we get ourselves in this situation?

  • Addressing 19th century European attitudes towards Indigenous societies being colonized.
  • Misplaced ideas of cultural evolution and progress and how the Federal Government and Christian churches were of common purpose in their objective of ‘civilizing’ through forced acculturation.
  • The tragic consequences of this perspective, the vulnerability of students and how many died at residential schools.
  • Searching for these often-forgotton burial places.

This lecture is by Dr. Scott Hamilton, who conducted research on behalf of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission addressing the location and nature of cemeteries and burial places associated with the schools.