Duties at Morley Indian Residential School
Duties at Morley Indian Residential School

Duties at Morley Indian Residential School
Museum of Anthropology at UBC

[between 1931 and 1940]
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Related School
Morley (AB)
Creators and Contributors
Telfer, Jean (creator)
Description
List of daily duties - possibly Telfer's - at Morley Residential School.
Curatorial Comment
Students’ lives at Indian Residential Schools were heavily regimented, controlled by detailed schedules, with days “generally starting as early as 5:30 a.m. and running to 8:30 p.m. Indian Commissioner Edgar Dewdney believed that such a highly structured life would play an important role in ‘civilizing’ a student.” This assimilative practice was tied to a belief in the superiority of colonial understandings of time; Dewdney wrote in 1889 that “The importance to an Indian child of such instruction cannot be overestimated, as innate in him, inherited from his parents, is an utter disregard of time, and ignorance of its value.” In at least one court case, such regimented schedules were used by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate against former students to claim that there would have been no time for staff to abuse students.

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