Alberni Indian Residence
Alberni Indian Residence

Alberni (BC)

Dates of Operation
July 1, 1900 - August 31, 1973
In 1893, the Presbyterian Church built the Alberni Girls Home on Vancouver Island a few miles outside Port Alberni. It was taken over by the United Church in 1925. The school was destroyed by fire in 1917, 1937, and 1941 and rebuilt following each fire. The West Coast Council of Indian Chiefs campaigned for the school’s closing in the 1960s, charging that children in need of care were being dumped into the school. The school was eventually closed in 1973. In 1995 a former supervisor at the school from 1948 to 1968 was convicted of 18 counts of indecent assault against Aboriginal students and sentenced to 11 years in jail. (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation)
United Church of Canada, Presbyterian Church
Home Communities of Students
Ahousaht, Aiyansh, Arrandale, Beecher Bay, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Boston Bar, Campbell River, Canyon City, Cape Mudge, Capilano, Chemainus, Clayquot, Cowichan, Gilford Island, Gitlakdamix, Glenn Vowell, Greenville, Gwinaha, Hagwilget, Hartley Bay, Hazelton, Helvikum, Hesquiaht, Kemano, Kilpaulus, Kilsemaht (Keltsomaht), Kincolith, Kingcombe, Kispiox, Kitasoo, Kitimat (Kitimaat), Kitkatla (Kitkatlah), Kitlakdamix, Kitlope, Kitsegukla, Kitselas, Kitsumkalum, Kitwancool, Kitwanga, Klemtu, Koksilah, Kwawkeweth, Kyoquot, Lakalsap, Lake Cowichan, Malahat, Mammalillikula, Masset, Metlakatla, Moricetown, Musqueam, Nanaimo, Nanoose, Neskainlith, Nimpkish, Nishga, Nitinat, Nootka, Ohiat (Ohiaht, Ohiet0, Opetchesaht, Opitsaht, Oweekano, Pachena (pachenaht), Pauchauchin (pauquachin), Penelakut, Port Essington, Port Renfrew, Port Simpson, Quamichan, Quawshelsh, Saanich, Saanichton, Sarita, Shaousaht, Sheshaht, Skeena Crossing, Skeena River, Skidegate, Skulkayn, Skuppah, Sliammon, Somenos, Songhees, Soowahlie, Stony Creek, Sweetgrass, Sumas, Tanakteuk, Terrace, Tsawataineuk, Toquaht, Tsawataineuk, Tsawout, Tsyecum, Turner Island, Tzeachton, Uchucklasaht, Ucluelet, Weiweikum.

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Alternate Name(s)
Alberni Boarding School
Alberni Girls Home
Alberni Indian Boarding School
Alberni Indian Girls Home
Alberni Indian Residential School
Alberni Indian Student Residence
Alberni Industrial Home
Alberni Presbyterian Boarding School
Alberni Residential School
Alberni School
Alberni Student Residence
Albernie Residential School
Port Alberni Residential School
Presbyterian Boarding School


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