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St. Mary’s (Mission)

 -  1867 -1984

Religious Entity: Catholic

Missionaries opened a boarding school at the St. Mary mission in the Fraser Valley in 1863. The school was relocated in 1882 and a new school was built in 1933. In its early years the school made little use of corporal punishment, but this policy was dropped as the school was increasingly integrated into the federal residential school system. The school closed in 1984. In 2004 a former school employee was convicted of 12 counts of indecent assault in relation to his time at the school and was sentenced to three years in prison.

People dancing at St. Mary Mission
People standing for picture at St. Mary Mission
Group of students and teachers outside St. Mary Mission


Remembering the Following Students:

NameDate of Death (Year/Month/Day)
Amy Abrahamca. 1939-01-01
Anastasia Williamca. 1934-01-01
Bradley Thomas Smith1959-10-14
Catherine Williamson1929-03-13
Clara Mae Rush1966-03-12
Daniel Harry Billy1928-07-28
Earl Paul1978-06-29
Edward Cassabalt James1965-12-26
Francis Johnson1924-01-01
Harry Frederick James1965-12-26
Harry James1966-02-04
John Rayfiel PetersNot known
Kenneth MallawayNot known
Lena (St. Mary’s Mission)Not known
Leonard Julian1935-05-18
Lloyd Leon1936-01-06
Mabel PaullNot known
Myrtle Richardson1928-10-19
Robert Wells1934-02-12
Virginia Fidele1931-01-16
Mary Jane Indian1907-02-14