Children and Labour at the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School

When considering groups or individuals who are vulnerable to labour trafficking in Ontario, we generally cast our gaze to immigrants/refugees and temporary foreign workers. Yet, what does this phenomenon look like within other vulnerable populations – in particular, Indigenous communities? Is the term labour trafficking even a helpful category through which to consider some forms of exploitation endured by Indigenous people?

We will be starting this conversation by considering the case of labour of the children in residential schools. This webinar will focus on the historical operations of the Mohawk Institute Residential School, and the labours which were required to be performed by the students to keep the building running and to create income streams for the administration.

Situated on the grounds of this former residential school is the Woodland Cultural Centre. The building is being repaired and refurbished into an interpreted historic site, a project in part funded through the #SaveTheEvidence campaign.


Carlie Myke

portrait photo of presenter Carlie Myke Carlie is the Outreach Coordinator at the Woodland Cultural Centre, overseeing the activities of the Save the Evidence campaign for the past year. Carlie is Delaware and Mohawk and a descendant of Survivors of residential schools. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and has been working in Arts, Culture & Heritage since 2010.