U Calgary to digitally archive Alberta residential schools IG News

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Three Alberta residential school sites have been recreated in 3D for a digital preservation project through the University of Calgary.

The project aims to keep a digital, spatially accurate record of the school grounds and accurately depict daily life for the students who lived there amid prolonged abuse.

These include the Old Sun Indian Residential School on the Siksika Nation, east of Calgary, and two schools near St. Paul: Universiti Nuhlotin Thaiots’i Nistameimakanak Blue Quills and Poundmakers Lodge Carriage House, which was once part of the Edmonton Indian Residential School that burned down was. down in 2000.

Advisory committees from these three communities helped researchers from the University’s Department of Anthropology and Archeology carry out the project.

Virtual and physical models of the three residential schools were then recreated with technology that included terrestrial laser scanners, drones, historical photographs and complemented by interviews with survivors.

The scans will soon become part of the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation, and the data will also be stored at each former school.


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