[Reproduced 2005 (originally created 1988-1990)]
12 cm of textual records and graphic material. - 2 yearbooks
Stirland Lake High School (also known as Wahbon Bay Academy) was established in 1971 by the Mennonite organization Northern Youth Programs Inc., funded by Indian Affairs. The residential school was established to educate and house twenty (20) Aboriginal boys; students attended and lived at the school for ten (10) months of the year. It was located at the remote location of Stirland Lake in Northwestern Ontario, approximately 170 miles north of Sioux Lookout Ontario. In 1986, Stirland Lake and Cristal Lake High Schools merged operations, and Stirland Lake continued as a co-educational residential school for aboriginal children. Stirland Lake operated like any other Indian residential school in Ontario, with a strong Christian religious presence.• All of the students who attended were removed from their homes and communities, and flown to a remote setting for the purpose of obtaining an education in a residential school. Around 1991, Stirland Lake High School closed its doors. In October 2007, Windigo First Nations Council, supported by Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), formally requested that the Stirland Lake and Cristal Lake Residential High Schools be recognized under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA), following a resolution unanimously endorsed by NAN Chiefs-in-Assembly in August 2007. In the spring of 2008, the request for recognition by Windigo and NAN was rejected by Canada. In December 2008, Windigo and NAN filed a motion to the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, asking the Court to exercise its power under the IRSSA by adding the school to the list of recognized Indian Residential Schools within the meaning of the IRSSA. Written arguments were filed with the Court setting out the respective positions of Windigo and NAN, and also Canada, in great detail. Stirland Lake High School was officially recognized as a Residential School in 2011.
Collection comprises "Reflections" yearbooks for the Stirland Lake Residential High School.
Cristal Lake Residential School, 2012-16.
Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre