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Schoolhouse Desks

The desks were used by students at Buttonville and across Canada in the 1800s. Most desks were made by the Globe Furniture Company of Waterloo, Ontario from 1910-68. They also made church pews and pulpits. Globe furniture was sold all over Canada and as far away as South Africa and Peru.
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Globe Catalogue.jpg 
Images courtesy of the Waterloo Public Library
The desks came from St. Peter Claver’s (later renamed Charles Garnier) Residential School in Spanish, ON. The school was in operation from 1913-58. Residential schools were created by the federal government in an attempt to erase aboriginal traditions, ways of living and languages. 150 000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children attended residential schools between 1857 and 1996 when the last school closed.
 Desks had to be arranged “in ten rows, with 5 desks and a front and rear seat to each row.”

What was it like?

Residential Schools were boarding schools run by the Federal Government and the Jesuit, Anglican, Methodist, and Catholic churches. The schools' programs involved scholastic instruction, religious conversion and rigorous chores. Children were often placed at schools very far from their homes and rarely saw their families. They were not permitted to speak their native language and were forced to speak English or French.
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Cree child, Thomas Moore, before and after his admittance to the Regina Indian Industrial Residential School c.1897.  
(Images: Saskatchewan Archives Board R-A8223-1, R-A8223-2) 
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