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1995

01

Sep

Chris’s Story

Chris attended was part of one of the last classes to graduate from the Lebret residential school, which was renamed White Calf Collegiate. From Garden Hill First Nation in northern Manitoba, his family moved frequently. They lived in Fort Qu’Appelle before moving to Sioux Lookout, Ont. when he was 13. It was not a healthy place and Chris as to go to Lebret despite having no prior knowledge of residential schools.

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1990

01

Feb

Margaret’s Story

Margaret Benjoe-Starblanket attended the Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School for her final semester of high school and looks back at that time in her life with fondness. She lived off-reserve and attended public school in Regina for most of her life, but was always curious about the residential school in Lebret.

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1983

04

Sep

Tony Burge’s Story

Tony said working at QIRS was the best 17 years of his life. He is still in contact with many former students and some still stop and visit with him. Tony was angry when the decision was made to close the school because he knew how beneficial it was not only for the students but for the staff. He still believes the school was on the cusp of greatness when it was suddenly closed without a reason.

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1982

01

Sep

Owen’s Story

Owen Lavallee attended the Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School for basically his entire life. He attended other residential schools before arriving in Lebret. He says it was one of the best times of his life. 

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