One Arrow Band Requests that their Children be sent to Duck Lake/St. Michael's Boarding School


In 1895, the One Arrow Band requested that their children be sent to the Duck Lake/St. Michael's Boarding School. Previously, the One Arrow Band refused to send their children to any boarding schools. However, they had been warned by the local Indian Agent that if they didn't send their children to any school they would be taken by force and sent wherever the Department wished.

The One Arrow Band was coerced/forced into letting their children attend Residential School. Despite protests from parents, their wishes were ignored. It is important to note that treaties stipulated access to education for Indigenous children, but under the control and advisory of Indigenous governments. This incident (common across Canada) shows that the Government did not honour treaty, and they assumed that religious, Eurocentric education was more beneficial to Indigenous children (which has been proven highly incorrect).