1847 A Dark Chapter

  • Rev. Egerton Ryerson, D.D.

    Indian Affairs Superintendent of Upper Canada Requests Report on Native Education

    In 1847, the Indian Affairs Superintendent of Upper Canada asked Egerton Ryerson to draft a report for native education. Ryerson’s report suggested that the government educate “Indians” in separate schools focused on manual labour and religion. As a respected figure in education, Ryerson’s recommendations for Residential Schools were accepted by the government. Although he was not personally involved with any of these schools, Ryerson’s recommendations provided the blueprint for the Residential School system.

    H.W. Smith engraver

    Engraving

    2012.X.655

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    Copy of engraving of a man with wavy hair, stern face and white bow tie.