Indian Academy (Sussex, N.B.)

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Indian Academy (Sussex, N.B.)

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1794-1826

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The Indian Academy at Sussex, New Brunswick, was established under the auspices of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in 1794, with Rev. Oliver Arnold as the first headmaster. The schooling of native children caused problems as their parents had lost the children as workers. Students were apprenticed to settlers: girls were taught dairying and weaving; boys learnt shoemaking and farming. This system was open to abuse, with the children ending up as domestic servants or farm hands. The school closed in 1826 as it was felt it was not improving the Indians as had been hoped. The apprenticed children were still required to work out their terms until 1833.

Source:
The Story of Sussex and Vicinity, 1967

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