February 17, 2014
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
For the sisters who ran the Indian residential school at Beauval, Sask., cutting children's hair was simply a matter of preventing lice from getting into the school. But for the children, the mandatory hair-cutting exercise meant the loss of their spirit. Arriving at the school when she was four years old, Mary Matchee was placed in a line with all the new children to meet a priest with shears and sisters with long scissors.