From Instrument to Evidence: Selections from an archive of assimilation


An elevation of a generic “Indian Boarding School” from 1919, designed by Indian Affairs architects R.M. Ogilvie and R.G. Orr. The design was later earmarked for Chapleau, Ontario, according to ephemera in the upper-right corner.
© Government of Canada. Reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada (2015). Source:  Library and Archives Canada/Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development fonds/Item # 302-311

The documentary remnants of these projects, built and unbuilt, locate these building typologies within the colonial agenda: whether carried out on the reserves to displace traditional ways of living on the land, or off the reserves, in the case of residential schools that were intended to indoctrinate children into Euro-Canadian customs.

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