Photographs from a dark chapter of Canadian history – the Indian residential schools – where removed from an exhibit at the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon, SK, after a mother who visited the exhibit Winning the Praire Gamble with her sons, reacted.
“It’s a soccer team that has boys who had been ripped from their homes, who’ve had their hair cut off, who are having their identity stolen, who probably very much don’t want to be there, who are maybe being abused — all the atrocities that I think we can all agree are the sole association with the legacy of residential schools. I don’t think that you in any way, shape or form can put up a picture of a residential school in any positive context, Robert said.
“I don’t want anyone to think that we should not have to look at that. We have to find the right context.”
The museum´s CEO, Joan Kanigan, was reportedly thankful to Tammy Roberts for pointing out the problem, and the museum is now working on reviewing dated language and interpretations. The representative for Saskatchewan´s residential schools survivors to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Eugene Arcand, commended Robert and Kanigan for taking the matter seriously and hopes the museum will reach out to Reconciliation Saskatoon, to work on the TRC Call to Action.