ALBION — Kae Wilbert, a Cherokee descendant and retired Churchville-Chili school music teacher, will present “Native American Boarding Schools” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hoag Library, 134 South Main St. The presentation will include PowerPoint and film. Discussion will follow.
Wilbert, also on the Friends of Ganondagan Board of Directors, is a member of the local Community Coalition for Justice, a group of local church and civic organizations, which is sponsoring this event. This will be part of a series of talks on racial justice.
The government operated and often church-run boarding schools, numbering nearly 400. There were also numerous boarding schools for Indigenous children in Canada with similar circumstances. Neither government has revealed records indicating what happened to all these children and whether they survived or were ever reunited with their families.
This evening talk will introduce you to this history and the decades of work done since to heal the ongoing effects of this trauma.
This is part of a series of programs on racial justice. Next, Herb Smith, Eastman grad and only Black member of the Rochester Philharmonic, will address “Race in Music,” Oct. 20 at the library.