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“We were so far away”: Exhibiting Inuit Oral Histories of Residential Schools

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In the spring of 2008, two Inuit residential school Survivors1 from each of the four Inuit geographic territories of Canada—the Inuvialuit settlement region, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut—traveled to Ottawa, Ontario to share their stories for the creation of a national exhibition about the Inuit experience of the residential school system. During the sensitive filmed interviews, the Survivors recounted the impact that residential schools had had on their lives before, during, and after their time as students. Individually, their stories described a range of distinct circumstances, as they attended schools in different times, in different parts of the country, and experienced varying degrees of abuse, trauma, and long-term negative impact. Yet read together, themes emerged that resonated across the stories of all eight of the Survivors, providing invaluable source material around which to build the exhibition.

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  • Residential School
  • Inuit Community
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Igloliorte, H. (2011). “We were so far away”: Exhibiting Inuit Oral Histories of Residential Schools. In: Lehrer, E., Milton, C.E., Patterson, M.E. (eds) Curating Difficult Knowledge. Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230319554_2

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