Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 140 years

 

Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Manitoba History No. 89
Manitoba
History

No. 89

AGM 2019
MHS
Annual
General
Meeting

Spring Field Trip 2019
MHS
Spring
Field Trip

Summer Field Trip 2019
MHS
Summer
Field Trip

Fall Field Trip 2019
MHS
Fall
Field Trip

War Memorials in Manitoba
War
Memorials
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old
Elevator

Abandoned Manitoba
Abandoned
Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans
Memorable
Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Historic Sites of Manitoba: MacKay Indian Residential School (Opaskwayak Cree Nation)

In 1912, a representative of the federal Indian Department chose the site for a new Indian Residential School, about seven miles northwest of The Pas, bordering on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Twenty acres of forest were cleared and a building was constructed between the Fall of 1912 and June 1914. It opened for classes in October 1914, named in commemoration of Anglican archdeacon John Alexander Mackay of Saskatchewan. The school was administered by the Bishop and Diocese of Saskatchewan until January 1922 when it was transferred to the Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada. It was destroyed by fire on 19 March 1933 and was not rebuilt. Another facility of the same name operated at Dauphin from 1955 to 1980.

The former school site is now used for community cultural and sporting events. Some foundations are still discernible at the site.

Postcard of MacKay Indian Residential School (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2011-0059

Approximate Site Location (lat/long): N53.86819, W101.36575
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon Indian Residential School (RM of Cornwallis)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon Indian Residential School Cemetery (RM of Cornwallis)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon Old Indian Residential School Cemetery (Brandon)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Birtle Indian Residential School (Birtle, Municipality of Prairie View)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Elkhorn Indian Residential School (Elkhorn, RM of Wallace-Woodworth)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: MacKay Indian Residential School (Opaskwayak Cree Nation)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Portage la Prairie Indian Residential School (Crescent Road West, Portage la Prairie)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pine Creek Indian Residential School / Camperville Indian Residential School (Pine Creek First Nation)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Norway House Indian Residential School (Norway School)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Julia Clark School (611 Academy Road, Winnipeg)

Mackay School, The Pas, MB, Anglican Church of Canada.

Sources:

“MacKay Indian Residential School,” The Pas: Gateway to Northern Manitoba, The Pas Historical Society, 1983, pages 81-82.

We thank Robin Reader for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 July 2017

Historic Sites of Manitoba

This is a collection of historic sites in Manitoba compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Browse lists of:
Museums/Archives | Buildings | Monuments | Cemeteries | Locations | Other

Please note that inclusion in this collection does not mean that a particular site has special status or protection. Some sites are on private property and permission must be secured from the owner prior to visiting.

Site information is provided by the Manitoba Historical Society as a free public service only for non-commercial purposes.


Search Tips | Suggest a Site | FAQ | Acknowledgements

Send inquiries to the MHS Webmaster.

Back to top of page

   


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2019 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.