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Cariboo (Williams Lake)

 -  1891 -1981

Religious Entity: Catholic

The Cariboo school was opened by Roman Catholic missionaries in 1891. In 1902 nine boys ran away from the school, one of them dying of exposure. In 1920, nine boys ate poisonous water hemlock in what parents believed to be a response to discipline at the school. One of these boys died. The school closed in 1981. In the 1980s and 1990s two former staff members pled guilty to charges of sexually abusing students in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1998, a former principal apologized to a former student and school employee who had charged him with a series of sex offences.

Group of students standing outside from Cariboo Williams Lake School
Group of students eating a tables from Cariboo Williams Lake School
Group of students in dorm at Cariboo Williams Lake School

Remembering the Following Students:

NameDate of Death (Year/Month/Day)
Adam Stieman1947-01-17
Alex Bob1945-05-18
Augustine Allen1920-08-01 – 1920-08-31
Celena Alexis1977-03-02
Duncan Sticks1902-02-08
Dwayne Jack1981-02-16
Gordon Lulua1969-07-04
Harry Patrick1962-12-14
Irene Johnny1946-01-01
Jackie Paul1946-01-01 – 1946-03-31
Jimmy Murphy1948-02-13 – 1948-12-31
Joan Eugene1942-11-01 – 1942-11-31
Kenneth C. Narcisse1960-10-14
Louis P. Johnson1942-05-01 – 1942-05-31
Marvin Jeff1967-11-26
Patrick Chah1939-01-20
Stanley Setah1971-09-01 – 1971-09-30