This a prayer card picturing Rose Prince of the Carrier Nation. Some believe that she will one day become a recognized saint in the Roman Catholic Church. I have no problem with her potential sainthood. What I do have a problem with is the sickly twisted history that this picture illustrates.
The following picture is of three other students from the Lejac Residential School that she spent most of her life in. I believe they died attempting to flee Lejac and return home. Please notice how they are dressed.
They are dressed as white children of the times were. They were not allowed to wear native clothes. They were not allowed to speak their language. And they most assuredly would not have had access to what I believe is a ‘Talking Stick’ such as Rose is holding.
If they had ever shown up for class dressed as Rose is in the prayer card they would have been viciously beaten, possibly thrown into isolation and also possibly fed bread and water for a time. It would also not have been unusual for them to be raped by various staff members. But the rape would not have been punishment… just fun for the staff.
The Residential Schools were a government directed, church assisted, attempt at Genocide. Pretty little girls did not wear their traditional garments and carry Talking Sticks. Pretty little girls and handsome young boys did however get beaten, raped, tortured and killed in the Residential Schools.