One of the things that I marvel about for today’s students is the amount of information that today’s students have about Indigenous peoples and communities.
Of particular infamy are the residential schools that we’re constantly finding more details about, seemingly daily. The following is a tool that you may find helpful if you’re dealing with this in the classroom. It’s called “Did you live near a residential school?“
I’ll be honest; growing up, I had no idea what residential schools were or how close I was to one. Thanks to this utility, I now do.
Every Sunday for the past while, I’ve driven to Dresden and used part of Highway 2 noted as the Tecumseh Parkway near Chatham. While there are years and years difference between the two, I wondered about the connection. So, I wondered – what was the closest residential school to Chatham. And, I used this utility.
According to the utility, 84 km away was Mount Elgin Residential School and it was closed in 1948. There is a bit of connected history here since you’re asked to enter the year you went to school before doing the search.
I did a number of random city location searches and learned quite a bit from this . Of global interest was asking for all of the residential school locations in its database.
This certainly makes any reading and researching on the topic richer and puts things into a little more perspective.
Could you use this utility in your class?