Day or residential school attendance made compulsory

1920
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An amendment to the Indian Act made attendance at a government-designated residential or day school mandatory for First Nations children between the ages of seven and fifteen. Parents and guardians of children who resisted mandatory attendance could be held criminally liable and fined or imprisoned. This amendment also stipulated that, barring exceptional circumstances, no Protestant children would be sent to Roman Catholic schools and no Catholic children would be sent to Protestant schools.

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