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Elsie Josephine Charles was born May 12, 1916. 
Mother:  Margaret Labrador
Father:  Joseph Charles
Sister: Lucy Marie Charles

My mother was born in a small village in Digby Country named Hectanooga.  Living amongst the Acadian people, my mother was and remains to this day a much respected member of the community.

Despite the cruelities witnessed and the lack of academics provided through the Indian Residential School, my mom was determined to get an education.  

Her Dad, a single father, saw to it that she was admitted to the Sacred Heart Academy a Boarding school located in Meteghan, Digby County, NS. 

My mother graduated, and went on to Nova Scotia Teacher's College where she was the first Mi'kmaw woman to earn a Diploma and a Teaching License.

My mother was a teacher in a public school in Mabou Ridge and in Indianbrook before she and my Dad married and raised 4 children.. 

 
 
 
 
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Taken in 1918.  Mom said she was wearing new rubber boots and refused to take them off for the photo session.

My mother's on-reserve teaching career  was abruptly ended when the government decided to have Roman Catholic nuns provide the lessons for Mi'kmaq children at the school in Indianbrook. 

Unable to find work nearby my parents left the reserve and moved to the US where they were able to find work and earn a decent living.

Lifetime achievements have earned her Two Honorary Doctorates from the Université Sainte-Anne Pointe-de-l'Eglise and the Nova Scotia Teacher's College

Pictured here, Margaret Labrador Charles, Lucy Charles, Joe Charles and Elsie Charles

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Taken 1928.

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Taken in 1934

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Pictured above:  Margaret Labrador Charles, Lucy Charles, Joe Charles with Elsie sitting in his lap