CBC: ‘Right in their own backyard’: New Google Earth project maps Canada’s residential schools
A new learning tool is moving beyond the textbook to show Canadians the impact of residential schools.
The Google Earth Voyager residential school storyuses more than 100 markers to geographically show Canada’s residential school sites and gives first-hand stories from survivors — including accounts of abuse — and how those people and their families are working to move forward.
Voyager is a collection of map-based stories written by Google Earth partners that’s updated weekly. The residential schools story project, which launched Monday, is a partnership between the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, based at the University of Manitoba, and Canadian Geographic Education.
“In this project, you can actually see residential schools, you can see where they were, and that helps make it that much more concrete.… This is not the distant past,” said Ry Moran, director at NCTR.