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Survivor Stories

Residential School Survivor Stories

- Nishnawbe Aski Nation, 2005 -

These stories are about the “residential school journey” experienced by students from the Nishnawbe Aski Nation territory. The stories describe the following:

  • Life at home before they went to school.
  • The journeys they took from their homes in their traditional territories to the school.
  • First impressions of the schools.
  • Their lives at school.
  • The illnesses they suffered.
  • Their feelings and their relationships with other students.
  • The bad things that happened to them while they were at school.
  • The problems they later encountered as a result of having gone to residential school.
  • How they have dealt with these problems.
  • How they have commenced a process of healing.


The stories are short excerpts from interviews done with former students who went to the following residential schools:

  • Bishop Horden Hall, Moose Factory, ON
  • Cecilia Jeffrey, Redditt, ON
  • McIntosh, Vermillion Bay, ON
  • Pelican Lake, Sioux Lookout, ON
  • St. Mary’s, Kenora, ON
  • Ste. Anne’s, Fort Albany, ON


The former students were from the following First Nations communities:

  • Bearskin Lake
  • Fort Albany
  • Eabametoong (Fort Hope)
  • Lac Seul
  • Marten Falls (Ogoki Post)
  • Neskantaga (Lansdowne House)
  • Nibinamik (Summer Beaver)
  • North Spirit Lake
  • Sandy Lake
  • Wawakapewin, and
  • Webequie