Fort Frances (ON)

Dates of Operation
April 1, 1906 - September 30, 1974
The Fort Frances School (also known as St. Margaret’s), on the southwest shore of Rainy Lake in northwestern Ontario, opened in 1906. In 1933 parental complaints about conditions in the school were followed by a change in principal, but by 1940, the issues that the parents were raising emerged once more. By the early 1960s the school was operated as a residence for students attending local schools in Fort Frances. The school operated until 1974. (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation)
Catholic Church

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Alternate Name(s)
Cootchiching Indian Boarding School
Couchiching Indian Residential School
Fort Frances Indian Boarding School
Fort Frances Industrial School
Fort Frances Student Residence
Fort Francis
Fort Francis School
St. Frances
St. Margaret's
St. Margaret's Indian Residential School


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Fort Frances (built)