Academic journal article Alberta History

Red Deer Indian School

Academic journal article Alberta History

Red Deer Indian School

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I paid a visit to the new Indian industrial school for Indian children just built [at Red Deer] by the Dominion government and now in operation by the Methodist church. The school itself is in charge of the Rev. John Nelson, who has for some years worked as a missionary among the Indians on the Alberta reserves. The principal assistant is the Rev. Robert Steinhauer, who has the advantage of being allied to his young charges by close ties of blood and race, combined with the highest education and culture of one of the leading universities of Ontario.

Though the school has only been open a few months, I found the young children in school doing class work that equalled any I ever saw done by white children of the same ages. Coupled with exercises in the ordinary branches of an English education, preparations are being made for technical training, though at present carpentering is the only trade taught. But the excellence of the finish and appearance of the buildings now in course of completion for blacksmith and shoemaking shops--the work being done by the boys under the supervision of the carpenter's instructor--speaks volumes for the manner in which the instruction is imparted and the abilities displayed by the dusky pupils in taking advantage of their opportunities. …

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