St. Mary’s (Blood) Residential School

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Primary Name(s): St. Mary’s (Blood)

Location: Cardston, AB

Religious Entity(ies): Catholic

Operating Dates: 1898 -1988

The Immaculate Conception Boarding School opened in 1898 on the Blood Reserve in what is today Alberta. It was replaced in 1926 with a new school, known as St. Mary’s, near Cardston, Alberta. By the mid-1930s the school was experiencing overcrowding. In 1930, a government inspector said that the boys at both the Catholic and Anglican residential schools on the reserve were being worked like “slaves” from morning to night to support the schools. The school had a severe outbreak of measles in 1935 and an outbreak of spinal meningitis in 1956. The federal government took over the operation of the school in 1969 and closed it in 1988.


Remembering the Following Students:

Name
Date of Death (Year/Month/Day)
Albert Plain Woman
Not known
Amy Shot Both Sides
1929-01-01
Annie Sweet Grass
1936-05-07
Aristide Across the Mountain
1949-08-15
Arsenekapi
Not known
Arthur Heavy Head
1929-03-31
Bernard Heavy Head
1941-01-01
Bertha Many Feathers
1935-01-01
Bertha Two Thieves
1901-03-06 or ca. 1901-04-01
Crane Medicine Crane
1929-01-01
Donald Shade
1935-05-20
Eileen Standing Alone
1924-10-25
Emma Wells
1932-09-30
Ernest Wolf Child
1928-05-25
Francis Black Forehead
Not known
Gabriel Weasel Head
1934-02-12
George Good Rider
1941-05-18
George Scout
1934-01-01
Jack Bad Name
1916-12-08
Jim Black Face
Not known
John Chief Moon
1926-11-10 – 1926-11-13
Joseph Chief Body
1947-09-01
Josephine Big Head
1928-01-01
Lillian Skipper
1930-09-30
Lily Shot Both Sides
1928-01-01
Mary Shot Both Sides
1922-12-26
Mary-Ann Skipper
1930-09-30
Mary-Jane Tawapisim
1928-12-31
Mary Jack
Not known
Mary Spider
Not known
Mike Crow Spreading His Wings
1927-08-28
Peter Cross Buck
1900-12-01
Peter Good Rider
1936-01-10
Rachel Heavy Head
1929-04-16
Remi Snake Eater
1936-05-05
Stanley Crow Eagle
1985-04-01
Tom Black Face
1928-01-18
Wallace Across the Mountain
1944-09-09
Walter Stevens
1927-02-06
Willie Black Forehead
1925-04-02

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