- Nishnawbe Aski Nation Indian Residential Schools in Ontario, 2005 -
There seem to have been very few qualified teachers at most of the schools from the dates that schools were established until 1950. While some of the people who were used as teachers were educate, most of them did not hold qualifications as teachers. This is particularly true of priests and brothers who taught at the schools run by their respective churches.
It was difficult to get qualified teachers at many of the residential schools due to poor pay. Teachers could get a salary of $400 per year at the day schools in urban centres, but would only get $300 per year at the residential schools which were often isolated or removed from urban areas. As a result, the teachers at residential schools seemed to be under qualified and could not get a job elsewhere.