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Part I: Researching Your Aboriginal Genealogy at Library and Archives Canada

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School Records

School files may contain such useful information as a pupil's name, age, gender, band number, parents' names, religion, agent's recommendation, medical examinations, grade of enrolment, level achieved and even police report in the cases of truants and runaways. Individual information is documented in many file blocks.

File information can be obtained from the ARCHIVED - Government of Canada Files database using a combination of keywords such as the name of the school (for residential schools) or agency (for day schools) along with words such as school, admission, discharge, returns, report or application. General information on school records can be obtained from the ARCHIVED - General Inventory database using the above keywords at the series and government records levels. Unfortunately, there are few individual student files in RG 10 fonds. In the cases of residential schools, the name of the school must be known for a search. Many of these documents have access restrictions.

Aboriginal students at St. Paul's Indian Industrial School

Source

Aboriginal students at St. Paul's Indian
Industrial School, Middlechurch, Manitoba,
ca. 1901.
Photographer unknown.
Library and Archives Canada, PA-182251.

Cecilia Jeffrey Boarding School, Kenora District, Admission and Discharges, 1902-1945

Source

Cecilia Jeffrey Boarding School,
Kenora District, Admission and
Discharges, 1902-1945.
Library and Archives Canada,
RG 10, vol. 11396.

 

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