Old Sun (Blackfoot) Residential School

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Primary Name(s): Old Sun (Blackfoot)

Other Name(s): Old Sun 

 Old Sun

Location: Gleichen, AB

Religious Entity(ies): Anglican

Operating Dates: 1886 -1971

The Old Sun Boarding School on the Blackfoot Reserve in Alberta opened in 1886. In 1893, the boys from the school were moved to the White Eagle Boarding School. The two schools merged in 1901. In 1908 a survey described the school as “unsanitary” and the building as “unsuitable in every way for such an institution.” During the 1960s the school became a residence for students attending local day school. In 1969 the federal government took over the administration of the residence, which it closed in 1971. The building eventually became the Blackfoot Nation’s Old Sun Community College.


Remembering the Following Students:

Name
Date of Death (Year/Month/Day)
Ada Keg
1900-04-26
Agnes Black Boy
1904-07-09
Alfred Red Bull
1896-05-20
Allan Prikski
1893-01-01
Amelia Waterchief
1924-12-01 – 1924-12-31
Anna Big Plume
1908-06-25
Annie Moving Tent
Not known
Belinda Raw Eater
1962-03-06 or 1962-03-08
Billy Bear Chief
1906-02-10
Brian Low Horn
1948-08-05
Charlie Big Lake
1893-11-19
Charlie Many Times Going
1902-08-28
Doris Studhorse
1954-10-21
Edith Turns Robes Over
1900-03-27
Fanny Ran After
1900-10-21
Frank Red Old Man
1896-09-28
Fred Bone Rib Medicine
1901-09-09
George Weasle Robe
1895-09-28
Gertie Red Old Man
1896-02-02
James Crow Chief
1884-11-04
James Underchief
1897-01-01
Jamie Many Times Going
1903-09-01 – 1903-09-30
John Bone Rib Medicine
1893-04-20
John Poor Eagle
1907-08-22
Joseph Lefthand
ca. 1897
Josie Fox
1945-09-22
Kathleen Cranebear
1946-01-01
Lonnie Bears Direction
1896-07-21
Mabel Crane Bear
1962-03-08
Mabel Wood
1895-05-02
Martha Root
1904-07-14
Mary Lefthand
1908-06-24
Mike Calf Robe
1895-07-22
Minnie Reddish Guns
1902-01-28
Nora Many Tail Feathers
1900-04-26
Olwen Studhorse
1949-02-19
Peter Big Head
1902-03-25
Rose Mary Lowhorn
1946-01-29
Susie Little Ace
1902-05-16
Susie Little Axe
Not known
William Winnipeg
1968-02-01 – 1968-02-28

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