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Canada’s oldest residential school survivor dies at 111 | West Coast Native News

15.11.15

Canada’s oldest residential school survivor dies at 111 | West Coast Native News: By: Jackie Hong – thestar.com

The oldest survivor of Canada’s residential school system has died at age 111.

Marguerite Wabano — whom many called Gookum, Cree for “grandmother” — passed away in her home in Moosonee, Ont., late Friday night, relative Stephen Roy confirmed Saturday.

Wabano was born in Jan. 28, 1904. As a young girl, she was taken from her family and sent to a residential school run by Roman Catholic nuns in Fort Albany, Ont., for two years — more than a century ago. After two years, Indian Timeaccording to the Indian Time newspaper, her family moved farther into the bush to hide Wabano and her siblings from school authorities.

Wabano later married and had seven children. As of April 2014, she had 23 grandchildren, 77 great-grandchildren and 81 great-great-grandchildren, according to Indian Time.


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