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By: MAG Staff
One student, Ellen Hart was admitted to Red Deer’s Indian Industrial School on October 1st, 1900. She was 16 years old and from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, Manitoba (formerly Nelson House, MB). Her parents were Murdo and unknown D. Ellen was discharged on January 21, 1903. She died of Heart Disease and was buried at the school. Her grave marker (pictured) is on loan to the MAG and can be viewed in our permanent history exhibit.
7 other students from Nelson House were admitted in 1900, including Ellen’s sister Matilda Hart.
Students of Red Deer's Industrial School came from the following communities - they were a long way from home. The following are the distances they would have had to travel to return home.
Louis Bull Tribe, 53 KM, North
Montana First Nation, 69 KM, North
Samson Cree Nation, 74.2 KM, North
Ermineskin Cree Nation, 87.5 KM, North
Saddle Lake Cree Nation, 321 KM, North East
Goodfish (Whitefish) Lake Cree Nation, 339 KM, North East
Paul Band First Nation, 216 KM, North West
Onion Lake Cree Nation, 411.2 KM, North East
Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, 1469 KM, North East