Photographer's Note

A very sad place.

The Duplessis' Orphans case is widely recognized as the largest case of institution-based youth abuse in Canadian history. There are about 3000 survivors, who as children were put into orphanages and psychiatric institutions. The premier of the province during that time was Maurice Duplessis, thus the name. The survivors claim that while in institutions run by Catholic religious orders, they suffered harsh treatment and sexual abuse.

It is believed that most of the "orphans" were in fact children born to unmarried parents. Since this was during the 1930's, '40s and '50s they were left in the care of religious orders that operated orphanages. In some cases those establishments were transformed into health-care facilities and in other cases the children were shipped from orphanages to existing hospitals. At these hospitals, that were also run by religious orders, the Duplessis' Orphans claim doctors wrongfully labelled many children as mentally deficient.

The Dorea institution, where this pic was taken, is now closed since 1995 and many signs on the wall are sad recalls of the evil spirit that was found in that place. I could not find any documents about when this situation was discovered.

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