The Crowstand school was established near Kamsack, in what is now Saskatchewan, by the Presbyterian Church in 1889. In 1907 it was discovered that, when bringing runaway boys back to the school, the principal tied them together and required them to run behind a horse-drawn buggy. In 1914 the principal failed to take appropriate action when a hired hand was discovered to be having sex with students. In 1914 the department’s medical officer said that it was the worst school he had ever seen, and recommended immediate closure. The school was closed in December 1915.
NCTR is located on the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation sits in the heart of Turtle Island and as a national organization we strive to represent and serve all of Turtle Island’s people.