Residential Schools

In the 19th and 20th century, the Canadian federal government's Indian Affairs department officially encouraged the growth of the Indian residential school system as a valuable agent in a wider policy of assimilating Aboriginal peoples in Canada into European-Canadian society.

A key goal of the system, which often separated children from their families and communities, has been described as cultural genocide or "killing the Indian in the child".

Woman and the Pups

There once lived an old woman and her young daughter. They had lived for so long in the same place, that they decided to move away to another location. So, one day they broke camp and prepared to leave.  While they were packing, their dog died of old age. The woman and her daughter were very upset over the dog's death. However, since they were in a hurry, they left the dog in the camp and set off through the woods. When they had gone a fair distance, the daughter suddenly remembered that she had forgotten their moose-hide scraping log in the camp.

Self-Government Rights Negotiated

The signing of the Dogrib Treaty 11 framework agreement with the federal government in late August (1996) was a first in the Northwest Territories. 

The agreement is historical because self-government will be negotiated at the same time as a land claim.

Scott Serson, deputy minister for Indian Affairs and Northern Development said "modernizing" the 75-year-old treaty will be similar to building a home.


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