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A Visual Essay of Indian Residential Schools

Lana Slezic has a visual history in The Walrus of the Canadian residential schools in which Indian children were taken away from their families to boarding schools in order to "civilize them." The United States has this same history of assimilation too (I wrote my senior thesis at Mount Holyoke College about this). Slezic's photographic essay looks at the decaying remains of these institutions, asking if their destruction through the decay of time and acts of vandalism is a good thing or a bad thing: "Forgetting helps some people heal. Remembering helps others learn."