Immaculata Catholic High School in Ottawa found out about the Indian Residential Schools through the efforts of grade 9 Native Studies teacher Loretta DeEugenio. Loretta and her students were fortunate enough to have an Indian Residential School survivor come to their classroom in May, to talk about the impact that the IRS had on him personally, his family, and his community. The lives of the lost children that were commemorated were from Fort Pelly IRS and Beaval IRS, both in Saskatchewan.
Loretta is thankful of the opportunity that was presented to her and her students, to learn something of the Catholic Church’s responsibility for running these schools. The IRS survivor was greeted with a banner, welcoming him to their school, and the students embraced his knowledge and his forthright honesty with the respect that was due.