Blue Quills (Sacred Heart) Residential School

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Primary Name(s): Blue Quills (Sacred Heart)

Location: St. Paul, AB

Religious Entity(ies): Catholic

Operating Dates: 1898 -1990

Roman Catholic missionaries established a boarding school at Lac la Biche in 1891. The school buildings were moved to the Saddle Lake First Nation in 1898 and the school was renamed Blue Quills. The school was relocated once more in 1931, to a location near St. Paul, Alberta. When the federal government announced that it would be closing the school in 1970, Saddle Lake First Nation members occupied the school in protest. Their occupation ended with an agreement that saw Blue Quills become Canada’s first residence and school controlled by First Nations people. The high school and its residence closed in 1990.


Remembering the Following Students:

Name
Date of Death (Year/Month/Day)
Adolphus Janvier
ca. 1940
Albert Mechawes
1942-04-27
Alice Cardinal
1924-03-15
Angela Red Crow
1901-01-01
Annie Katchimut
1937-06-06
Archie Half
Not known
Bella Rain
1926-02-09
Caroline Kinose
1944-11-12
Caroline Minoose
1944-11-12
Eliza Oseemeemas
1910-01-01
Florestine Cryer
1938-01-11
Francis Janvier
1945-02-06
Gabriel Crane
1936-03-10
Harry Cardinal
Not known
Harry Lapatac
1929-08-01 – 1929-08-31
Henry Norest Katism
1930-03-25 – 1930-03-31
John Anderson
1943-09-23
Johnson Large
1925-01-06
Joseph Cardinal
1936-03-09
Martin Paskweyak
1940-01-29 – 1940-02-05
Mary Agnes Houle
1945-08-01 – 1945-08-31
Mathilda Large
1935-11-16
Nancy Janvier
1938-01-29
Pierre Cardinal
1933-06-01
Suzette Cryer
1934-02-20
Victoria Marjorie Large
1942-11-17
William Delver
1940-07-30

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