After spending several months visiting dozens of residential schools in western Canada in 1907, Indian Affairs Chief Medical Officer Dr. Peter Bryce concluded that the appalling conditions in schools were a “national crime . . . the consequence of inadequate government funding, poorly constructed schools, sanitary and ventilation problems, inadequate diet, clothing and medical care.” His recommendations to improve school buildings and sanitary conditions were largely disregarded because of the high costs.
Each day for 150 days leading up to the opening of the Canadian History Hall, we’re presenting one moment among the many that have shaped our country. Discover more of Canada’s significant historical events in the new Canadian History Hall, opening July 1, 2017.