• Dates unmarked graves were located: 1996

'They have to be at peace:' Whereabouts of remains of 39 children’s bodies still unknown at Dunbow Industrial School

Horrors of residential schools existed not far from Okotoks


Dates of Operation
October 17, 1884 - December 31, 1922


Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement
The Dunbow school in High River, in what is now Alberta, was one of the first three industrial schools established by a partnership between the Canadian government and Canadian churches. Dunbow (also known as St. Joseph’s) was a Roman Catholic school and its first principal was Father Albert Lacombe. Built on the High River, southeast of Calgary in 1884, the school had trouble recruiting and retaining students from the outset. In 1918 the principal and three students died of influenza. In 1922 the school, which had only 26 students at that point, was closed.


Survivor's Support

Find support

  • National Indian Residential School Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419
  • Hope for Wellness Hotline 1-855-242-3310
  • Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society 1-888-403-3123
  • Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) 1-800-721-0066 (reception@irsss.ca)