LISTEN: Confronting the legacy of boarding schools in Alaska

Eagle feathers stuck in a law in front of a white building
Last week, 215 feathers were placed on the lawn of Sitka’s former church-affiliated residential school, Sheldon Jackson, in remembrance of the 215 children whose remains were discovered at a former residential school in Canada. (KCAW/Tash Kimmell)

The recent discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children at a residential school in Canada has prompted discussion, grief and memories of past trauma here in Alaska. Thousands of Alaska Native children were sent to boarding schools in and outside the state. The effects of forced assimilation continues to impact the lives of Native people.

Listen here:

HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Jim Aqpayuk LaBelle, boarding school survivor & board member, National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
  • Fred John, Jr., boarding school survivor
  • Paul Ongtooguk, former director of Alaska Native Studies, University of Alaska Anchorage



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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 10 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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