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Reconciliation and Residential Schools in Labrador

Andrea Procter, PhD


Inuit in Labrador have described the pain and intergenerational trauma that their families and communities endured from attending boarding schools in Nain, Makkovik, North West River, Cartwright, and Mary’s Harbour, and the orphanage in St. Anthony. Established and run by the Moravian Mission or the International Grenfell Association between 1906 and 1980, these institutions attempted to fundamentally transform and assimilate Indigenous society.

Join Dr. Andrea Procter as she examines how Inuit leaders consistently challenged the systemic violence behind the institutions, while colonial figures positioned themselves as “benevolent” authorities and neutral witnesses to Inuit suffering. Reflecting on her own personal reaction, Andrea illustrates how an introspective and unsettling engagement with our history is a necessary step in moving towards reconciliation.

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