Bloodvein Reserve

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A moment from yesterday

January 24, 2018 | Viewpoints | Volume 22 Issue 03
Laureen Harder-Gissing, Mennonite Archives of Ontario
Photo courtesy of the Canadian Mennonite / Mennonite Archives of Ontario

Many years ago, our archives first described this photograph as “School children at Bloodvein Reserve, ca. 1956.” The subject heading included the phrase, “Indians of North America,” correct for the time. If you go to the photograph description now, you will see that the word “Reserve” has been replaced with “First Nation,” and “Indians” with “Indigenous peoples.” In the scope and content note, however, the phrase “Indian Reserve” has been left in, as that accurately reflects the language used by the photographer. The Mennonite Archival Image Database (MAID) is reviewing the descriptions of nearly a thousand photographs of Indigenous peoples to make the language more accurate. With better descriptions, perhaps we can learn more about Mennonite-Indigenous relations.

For more historical photos in the Mennonite Archival Image Database (MAID), see

Photo courtesy of the Canadian Mennonite / Mennonite Archives of Ontario

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