Museum exhibit remembers residential school children

By David Briggs  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The “Residential Desk Project” exhibit opened today at the North Bay Museum and will run until September. Local wildlife photographer Les Couchi developed the exhibit along with Joan McLeod. Together, they approached Keith Campbell, Sean and Alexandra Couchie, Donald Chretien, Bray Penasse, Paulette Chretien, and Tracy LaRochelle to contribute works to the display. All eagerly agreed to participate. The focal points of the show are small children’s desks, antique, very similar to the ones used by residential school students. These small desks remind the viewer “how small and innocent these children were when they were separated from their families,” organizers said. Rounding out the exhibit are various artworks by local residential school survivors. June Commanda is one of those survivors, and she helped…

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