Mount Cashel Orphanage also known as Mount Cashel Boys Home was located in St. Johns, Canada. It was open between 1898 and 1990 and operated by the Congregation of Christian Brothers.
Starting in 1975 the authorities began an investigation into child abuse. A number of further investigations resulted in a number of lawsuits and convicts.
It could not have been fun to be there as a student.
This is the second boarding school campus where unmarked graves have been located. Beside teaching in ordinary school subjects the aim with the school was to eliminate the culture of the students.
The identity of the people who were put into the 751 unmarked graves is not known nor how they ended up there.
The students were kept away from their family and the conditions were not healthy.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child.
2021 became the year where 215 graves were discovered at the place which once housed Kamloops Indian Residential School. The school opened in 1890 and operations shut down in 1978. As with many residentials schools in Canada also many of the children attending the school were forced away from their parents. They were punished if they spoke their native language. If some cases students were abused by the employees, even sexual abuse took place.
How the 215 children died is not known. Survivors of the school believed that they had run away.
It is very safe to assume that it could not have been a fun place to be as a child.
- ‘We do not want this to be hidden’: Remains of 215 children discovered on site of former residential school (CTV News)
- ‘Unthinkable’ discovery in Canada as remains of 215 children found buried near residential school (CNN)
- Behind Closed Doors: Stories from the Kamloops Indian Residential School (Penticton, B.C.: Secwepemc Cultural Education Society / Theytus Books Ltd.)
- Why so many children died at Indian Residential Schools (National Post)
Xyolhemeylh aka Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society was only provide a mother her sons clothes and few personal properties when she came to the group home where he was placed. The reason for that was that her son had died. The authorities were quick to have him cremated so an autopsy was not possible.
Later journalists after som investigation were able to connect other deaths with this firm who cashes in from the tax-payers money.
However, all the money and research did not help 17-year-old Traevon Chalifoux-Desjarlais. He remains dead and his relatives must live with the grief for the rest of their lives.
When nothing seems to be investigated properly when a child dies, it is safe to say that it cannot be fun to be there as a teenager.
- Mom of teen found dead in Abbotsford group home still seeking answers (The Abbotsford News)
- Other deaths linked to B.C. Aboriginal agency running group home where Indigenous teen died (CBC News)
- How Could You? Hall of Shame-Canada-Traevon Chalifoux-Desjarlais case-Child Death UPDATED (REFORM)
- Justice for Traevon Desjarlais-Chalifoux (Fundraiser)
The Cité de st-jean-de-dieu insane asylum earlier known as the Longue Pointe Lunatic Asylum was one of facilities that housed the so-called Duplessis Orphans in Canada. Under the rule of Maurice Duplessis the government sought to save money on the social welfare budget and got the Roman Catolic Church to run asylums. The children who ended up there were sent for a number of reasons but basically because they could be warehoused cheap until they became adults.
It would require more than one post to describe the ordeal the children went through but there were examples of use of lobotomies, electroshock and straitjackets. As when the church is involved there were also examples of abuse, sometime physical.
It could not have been fun to be there as a child
- Montreal horror: inside a highly-secretive mental institution (Coolopolis Montreal alles the uber)
- Longue Pointe Asylum
- Duplessis orphans call for exhumations: Aim to show children were experimented upon (Hidden from History: The Canadian Holocaust)
- Duplessis Orphans
At St. Michael’s College School they focused on sport. In fact they focused on sport and winning so much that the students suffered. Forms of punishment which can be called forms of corporal punishment was metered up and used for at least 50 years.
One thing is when the employees abuse the student. Another is when the school teaches the students to abuse other students in the name of success.
It could not have been fun to be there as a student.
- I went to St. Michael’s College. I’m not surprised by the news (The Globe and Mail)
- Alleged sex assault at prestigious St. Michael’s College investigated (The Toronto Sun)
- How could things have gone so wrong at St. Mike’s? (The Star)
Ontario, which is a part of Canada is set to have a child welfare system. It is certainly not a system you want to be part of if you are a teenager.
Placing a child in a random place hundreds of miles away from the family and friends and not providing education to the foster parents is almost planning that the children should not survive to grow up and become adults. Suicides count for some of the deaths.
The system could be better put together but as always it is properly about the money and how you can save most.
Located on an area where they used to house prisoners of war during the second world war, a training school housed teenagers until some time in 1980’s.
Many years after the closure it seems that the training schools housed adults who molested and abused the teenagers. Various forms of sexual exploitation took place against the teenagers. It marked them for decades afterward.
The worst part is that Pine Ridge Training School was only one of these schools. More horror testimonies are expected in the future.
It could not have been a fun place to be as a teenager.
- Survivors of Ontario ‘training schools’ say their suffering is being erased by redevelopment project (The National Post)
- Class action suit launched against Ontario over alleged abuse in ‘training schools’ (The Toronto Star)
- Still no justice (Dark Corner of Canadian History)
This problem is currently under investigation in Canada but could sadly apply to Jehovah’s Witnesses in other countries too. The problem is that the religion allows a parallel court system to function instead of involving the police from the very start and let them investigate when sexual child abuse occur.
The children should be allowed to report their abusers to the police. They should be allowed to get real justice and see that their abusers go to prison. This religion robs the children of justice.
It cannot be fun to be part of what we will call a cult as long as they do not give up their internal court system and bring conflicts to the official courts to be solved.
I received a mail regarding “Secret Prisons for Teens” post about the Florida killer school which is also listed on this blog. Other now closed school also buried children who died in their care quickly so no questions could be asked.
In this case from Canada they have an abandoned cemetery at the site of the former Red Deer Residential School in Canada. There could be 20 children buried there. There could be 40 children buried there. None knows. Back then the parents often only learned that their child had died when they came to pick up their child before holiday.
It doesn’t sound like it was a fun place to be as a teenager.
- Time to remember ‘residential’ children (Red Deer Advocate)
- CANADA- The Red Deer Residential School (1893-1919) “Runaways,” Ft Normandeau AB (Websleuths)
- One in five students at Red Deer’s residential school died and an Indigenous group wants answers (CBC)
- Alberta commits funding to find unmarked graves but advocates concerned about process, details (Red Deer Advocate)