The other residential school runaways
This article details the story of the deaths of two indigenous students after they fled from a Canadian residential school. An examination of their deaths reveals the injustices of the residential school system, from threatening parents who did not give up their children with jail time, to the use of corporal punishment.
The runaway project: In 1967, Maclean’s told the heartbreaking story of Chanie Wenjack and his lonely death near a railway track outside Kenora, Ont. According to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, at least 32 other Indigenous children died while trying to escape residential school. To this day, however, most of those kids remain mere historical footnotes.
In the coming months, Maclean’s will tell each of their stories, piecing together accounts from reports, relatives and archival material. To learn more, and to contribute to this report, visit www.macleans.ca/therunaways.
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