Former residential school site in Quebec symbol of ‘resilience and peaceful resistance’

Site hosts an annual music festival that brings people together. 


It’s been 50 years since the Sept-Îles Indian Residential School closed its doors.

The school, also known as Notre-Dame, operated from 1952 to 1967, took in children from eastern Quebec including the Innu community of Mani-utenam.

The site where it was located is now used for a popular annual music festival.

But with the remains of missing children being either searched for or discovered at former schools across the country, some are wondering if any secrets might be lurking underground.

Reporter / Montreal

A proud member of the Innu Nation, Sylvie is from the community of Uashat mak Mani-utenam in Northeastern Quebec. Sylvie worked for her council as a communications officer, after being a journalist for community radio in her community. Since 2019 she has worked as a reporter for the French weekly newscast Nouvelles Nationales d’APTN.

Reporter / Montreal

Lindsay was born and raised on the unceded territory of Tiohtià:ke (Montréal), and joined APTN News as a Quebec correspondent in 2019. While in university, she collaborated on a multiplatform project about the revitalization of the Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) language to commemorate the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Before APTN Lindsay worked at the Eastern Door, CTV Montreal and the Montreal Gazette.