‘Hundreds of unmarked graves’ found at former residential school in Saskatchewan

Roger Steepe

Roger Steepe

Premier Brian Pallister, along with Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke, made the announcement in a news release on Monday.

The FSIN said "the number of unmarked graves will be the most significantly substantial to date in Canada".

The Cowessess First Nation says it has discovered hundreds of unmarked graves at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.

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In 2018, 35 unmarked graves were found on the grounds of the former Muskowekwan school in Saskatchewan.

Canada's Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister says Ottawa is open to providing archival data on residential schools to the USA government to help with its recently announced investigation into Indigenous boarding schools.

"Manitoba wishes to do its share in recognizing, reconciling, and healing".

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Chief Rosanne Casimir of the Tk'emlups te Secwépemc First Nation said at the time the discovery was an "unthinkable loss that was spoken about but never documented at the Kamloops Indian Residential School".

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"Alberta's government wants to do its part to help First Nations do that critical work".

He said the province needs to follow the direction of First Nations to be respectful and successful.

"While this amount is an initial start to begin the work, it will certainly take far more of a commitment and a collaborative long-term relationship with our governmental partners at all levels to step up and engage in this work".

The Royal BC Museum and the order of Catholic nuns who staffed the former Kamloops Indian Residential School have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide researchers access to the order's private archives of photographs, financial records and accounts of daily life at the school. There were also 114 day schools across the province.

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