The Mohawk Residential School

Geronimo Henry

Treatied Spaces had the privilege to speak with and to learn from Geronimo Henry, a survivor of the Mohawk Institute Residential School. Geronimo is from the Cayuga Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

News coverage of Geronimo Henry and the Mohawk Institute Residential School:

“The Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School”, which operated from 1889 to 1970, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

Geronimo’s dream is to build a monument in memory of those who, like himself, suffered and continue to suffer as a result of this experience. There are no words to express how much this would mean to Geronimo to build this monument as it will acknowledge those survived and those who did not. He is raising funds to bring this monument to life to ensure survivors will have the opportunity to see it completed in their lifetime.

Mush Hole Bowl

Small plastic bowls were used daily by children at the Mohawk Institute residential school in Brantford, Ontario. They called the school the “mush hole” after the mushy porridge they were forced to eat. These bowls were called “mush hole bowls.” Learn more about the mush hole bowls here.

Witness Blanket by Carey Newman, whose traditional name is Hayalthkin’geme deals with the subject of Truth and Reconciliation. It is made of items collected from residential schools, government buildings and churches across Canada.

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