[BCMA] An introduction to the history of Canadian Residential Schools - Webinar

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Hello All,

As a historical services firm that works closely with Indigenous Nations from across Canada, we have received many requests from settlers who would like to learn more about the history of residential "schooling" in Canada in light of the tragic, recent news.

We are hosting two introductory online webinars next week to provide information. They are free and open to all.

An introduction to the history of Canadian Residential Schools

This presentation will explain the history of the residential school system in Canada, its origins, policies, and impacts. It will describe the role of both the federal government, as well as the missionaries and churches who ran the schools. We will discuss the experiences of children who attended the schools, and the impacts this system had on Indigenous communities. The presentation will look specifically at the history of the Mohawk Institute in Brantford, Ontario, the oldest and longest-running residential school in Canada, and will consider the unique history of the institution, as well as the important work of survivors to educate the public about their experiences.

We acknowledge that the information that will be shared in this virtual presentation can be triggering and result in unpleasant thoughts and feelings. We encourage you to practice self-care and reach out to your community for support. You can contact the Indian Residential School Survivors Society toll-free 1 (800) 721-0066 or 24hr Crisis Line 1 (866) 925-4419 if you require emotional support or assistance.


The event is free and open to all. We will be hosting the session twice. Follow the links below to register and receive the Zoom login information. Please note that the webinar will not be live casted on Facebook, you must register through the links below to participate in the session.

July 13th at 7 pm EST - Register here: https://knowhistory.co/WebinarJuly13<https://knowhistory.co/WebinarJuly13?fbclid=IwAR00fRotJ-ICAcKIqIzCsB8K9GX8Ef94vM2vCxyL4hrvxwf_u4lGb7Teuy8>
July 15th at 12:30 pm EST - Register here: https://knowhistory.co/WebinarJuly15<https://knowhistory.co/WebinarJuly15?fbclid=IwAR2bNpCLiEID-dJZ4DYcvcjCSRnThx7ojHVoMe6Pya2jPchRlhl8wvq7pVg>

Elder Rick Hill
Beaver Clan of the Tuscarora Nation of the Haudenosaunee at Grand River
Rick Hill is a citizen of the Beaver Clan of the Tuscarora Nation of the Haudenosaunee at Grand River. He holds a master's degree in American Studies from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. He was the Assistant Director for Public Programs at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution; Museum Director at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Assistant Professor, Native American Studies, at SUNY Buffalo. He also served as Senior Project Coordinator for the Deyohahá:ge: Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Six Nations Polytechnic, Ohsweken, Ontario. Currently, he is the Indigenous Innovation Specialist at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. Rick is working with a group of historians on a book that will examine the history and legacy of the Mohawk Institute, the oldest Indian residential school in Canada.

Dr. Alison Norman
Senior Historian at Know History
Alison Norman is a Senior Historian, specializing in Indigenous History, at Know History Inc. She received both her BA and MA in History at Queen's University, before completing her BEd at the University of Toronto. In 2010, she completed her PhD in the History of Education, also at the University of Toronto. For several years, she worked as a Research Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Affairs, conducting research for Ontario's land claims process and providing advice to the government on Indigenous history, issues, and lands. In 2011 and 2012, she worked as a researcher for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools. In 2020, Rick Hill brought Alison and several other scholars together to form the Mohawk Institute Research Group. Through this initiative, they are co-editing a book on the history of the Mohawk Institute with Six Nations community members and academics.

Ryan Shackleton
Director at Know History
Ryan is the Director and founder of Know History. He has 20 years of experience in public history and has worked on hundreds of Canadian historical projects mainly focused on Indigenous issues, including Truth Commissions, Residential School Files, Land Claims, Flooding Claims, and expert reports for Indigenous Nations commissioned by legal firms. Ryan is a peer-reviewed author and has been a principal writer for Traditional Land Use reports and historical research reports. He sits on several national boards and received an Excellence in Consulting Award in 2018 from the American-based National Council on Public History.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to others who may be interested and contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you,


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