School division repatriating documents

By Maggie Macintosh  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Frontier School Division is searching for the rightful owners of hundreds of photographs and other artifacts that have sat in dusty boxes for decades, ever since the district was established in 1965, and took over former day school sites across northern Manitoba. It was about five years ago researchers in the Frontier office dedicated to Indigenizing education began to sort and make sense of all the documents in its possession. Since then, staffers have undertaken a massive repatriation project. There are about 10,300 pages, 831 photographs, 1,452 slides, 27 maps and charts, six film strips and one video cassette. “We’re trying really hard to put it into the right hands, whether it be families or communities or museums that have a clear sensitivity…

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