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Coqualeetza (Chilliwack Home)

 -  1889 -1940

Religious Entity: Methodist United Church

Methodist missionaries opened a day school at Coqualeetza, BC in 1886. The following year, they added a residence for boarding students. A new school, built in 1889, burned down in 1891. Starting in the 1920s, the school began teaching Aboriginal handicrafts. The principal, in an effort to decrease the institutional nature of the school, introduced cottages for younger students and semi-private rooms for older students in the 1930s. When the school closed in 1940, students were transferred to the Alberni school and the school building became the Coqualeetza Indian Hospital.

Group of students outside Coqualeetza Chilliwack School
Coqualeetza Chilliwack School building

Remembering the Following Students:

NameDate of Death (Year/Month/Day)
Abel Wardca. 1936
Alec Sam1937-03-31
Alice Dick1926-01-01
Annie Charley Short1898-10-23
Cyril Edgar1937-10-01 – 1937-12-31
Hannah [Coq]1898-10-23
Josephine Mckay1918-12-04
Laurence Hall1935-07-01
Mary Camsell1936-01-01
Willie Mckay1936-01-01
Amelia Jim1900-07-24
Andrew F. Johnston1902-04-30
Belinda James1909-06-05
Hannah Wilson1901-05-28
Harry Late1903-05-02
Ida Inlsey1901-06-22
Jonah Ebbstone1909-07-14
Louis Naas1904-04-30
Paul Legace1902-02-26
Susan D. John1901-06-22