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Recovered items shed light on daily life at Mohawk Institute residential school

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BRANTFORD — Items recovered during extensive renovations now underway at the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School in Brantford are revealing more about what life may have been like as a student at the government- and church-run facility.

Researchers say very few school-related items have been found among artifacts uncovered at the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School.

“(Students) were not getting an education in terms of book learning, and it’s reflected in what you’re finding because most of these things are work-related not school-related,” said Woodland Cultural Centre’s Museum Education Department lead Tara Froman.

Some of the work-related artifacts found during the extensive renovations of the property include clothes pegs, a scrub brush, a screwdriver and other tools.

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