Manitoba https://mikeonline.ca/region_Canada_Manitoba en RCAF Rivers https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_RCAF_Rivers <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">RCAF Rivers</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 11/16/2012 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">RCAF Rivers was opened in May, 1942 as part of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Commonwealth_Air_Training_Plan" target="_blank">British Commonwealth Air Training Plan</a>. Through this plan, over 130,000 airmen and women would be trained from the various countries of the British Commonwealth to take part in the war.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">During Rivers' significant history, it would see a number of changes, but was always at the heart of the Canadian Armed Forces' training needs. These changes included:</p> <ul><li class="text-align-justify">1942 - 1945: No 1 Central Navigation School moved here from RCAF Trenton.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">1947: Canadian Parachute Training Centre merged with Airborne School and relocated to Rivers.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">1947: Army Aviation Tactical Training School opened, training pilots, instructors, etc. for the Army, Navy and Air Force.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">1948 - 1960: Joint Air Photo Interpretation School.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">1953: Basic Helicopter Training Unit formed catering to all three services using the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikorsky_SH-3_Sea_King" target="_blank">Sikorsky H-5</a>.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">1963 - 1966: No. 1 Transport Helicopter Platoon established using <a href="http://www.canadianwings.com/Aircraft/aircraftDetail.php?LABRADOR-170" target="_blank">CH-113A Voyageur</a> and a <a href="http://www.canadianwings.com/Aircraft/aircraftDetail.php?NOMAD-174" target="_blank">CH-112 Nomad</a>.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">1964 - 1970: 408 Tactical Fighter Squadron moved here.</li> <li class="text-align-justify">eventually renamed CFB Rivers after unification of the three services.</li> </ul><p class="text-align-justify">Finally, the need for this centre was diminished when the runways proved too short for the new <a href="http://www.canadianwings.com/Aircraft/aircraftDetail.php?CF-5-1" target="_blank">CF-5 Freedom Fighters</a>. It wouldn't be long until the existing schools were moved to other bases and Rivers was declared surplus.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The base was formally closed September, 1971.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Driving along the main road, it's impossible to miss the massive hanger in the field. In its day, I'm sure the trees had been cleared, and the view was clearer. Despite that, there was no mistaking I was in the right place.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">While moving from building to building, it became apparent that an active farm was in operation on this property. I realized that to continue further would require violation of those active parts, and decided to leave instead. I had seen the parts that most interested me.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-external-links field--type-link field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">External Links</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="http://rcafassociation.ca/heritage/history/cfb-rivers-collection-anecdotes/">CFB Rivers – A Collection of Anecdotes</a></div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=317&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="qvPqIFFOd8PgN8dXasczRc5JHCPnpGrI-U0H-lCOcTc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 20:15:00 +0000 Mike 317 at https://mikeonline.ca Birtle Indian Residential School https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Birtle_Residential_School <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Birtle Indian Residential School</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 07/21/2012 - 13:12</span> <div class="field field--name-field-see-also field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">See Also</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/gallery_StJoseph_School" hreflang="en">St. Joseph&#039;s Girls Indian Residential School</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History:</strong> </p> <p class="text-align-justify">The original school on this location was built in 1894. Today, all that remains of it is a pile of stone from its foundation.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The current building was constructed in 1931 - 1932. It was operated, using government funding, by the Presbyterian Church.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">A grant was given to the church based on the number of children enrolled. This grant was to cover all expenses of food, salaries (excepting the Principal and Matron), maintenance, clothing, etc.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Staff at these schools generally included teachers, Boys' and Girls' Supervisors, Cook, Laundry Matron, Sewing Matron, Nurse, Engineer, Farm Manager and Night Watchman. The staff were hired by the Principal up until 1954 when the Department of Indian Affairs took over direct control of the teachers.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">The school taught from Grade 1 to Grade 8. From opening, until the mid 1940's, classes only ran half-days, with the remainder of the day being spent on chores that assisted with the upkeep of the farm and property, and on vocational training. With the change to full day classes, students were now able to complete each grade on the same schedule as children in other schools.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">By 1959, the Government had decided to shift its focus away from residential schools, and toward educating native students in public schools local to their own communities.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">By March 31, 1969, the operation of Birtle School was handed over to the Government, and the church was no longer involved.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">It was closed in 1970. The building has since been bought and sold several times. The front section was, at one point, renovated to be a private home.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary:</strong> </p> <p class="text-align-justify">It is impossible for anyone who didn't experience it, to know the things that happened here. You can read about it. You can watch the interviews, like <a href="http://wherearethechildren.ca/en/stories/#story_26" target="_blank">this one</a>. Yet still, you cannot know.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">With that in mind, the building is fascinating to explore, to see and to feel. What few details remain are a mere suggestion of what might have been.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-videos-embed field--type-video-embed-field field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Videos</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5h9pofu15nU?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=314&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="DM1A9ZItVTab1IYHudGRQSiNQtSRIPOyblfg60Z_9Hk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 21 Jul 2012 17:12:00 +0000 Mike 314 at https://mikeonline.ca https://mikeonline.ca/gallery_Birtle_Residential_School#comments