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Operating the Schools

Operating the Schools

- Nishnawbe Aski Nation Indian Residential Schools in Ontario, 2005 -

There were a number of religious institutions involved in education and many of them operated schools throughout Canada. The schools in Ontario were operated by:

  • Church of England (Anglican)
  • Presbyterian Church
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • United Church (Methodist)
  • and the Mennonites

The Roman Catholic schools were operated by the Oblates (four schools) the Jesuits, the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, and the Sisters of Saint Joseph. There were also several congregations of religious women[47] who assisted at the schools including the Grey Nuns (Soeurs Grises), the Religious of the Sacred Heart, the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, the Sisters of Saint Anne, the Sisters of Saint Joseph and the Oblate Sisterss of Mary Immaculate, who assisted at several schools run by the Oblates. These Sisters taught classes, carried out most of the domestic work with the assistance of the students and supervised the female students. In the Protestant schools female staff were hired to carry out these functions.


[47] Canadian Institute of Jesuit Studies. Dictionary of Jesuit Biography, Ministry to English Canada, 1842-1987. Toronto, 1991, p.x.