Manitoba First Nation to search residential school for graves

A Manitoba First Nation plans to go looking the grounds of a former residential college for potential unmarked graves.

In a Tuesday announcement, the Pimicikamak Cree Nation stated they’ve recognized the names of 85 youngsters who died at St. Joseph’s Residential Faculty, which operated in Cross Lake, Man. between 1912 and 1969. Surviving data, nonetheless, stay incomplete.

“Lots of them are listed as ‘boy,’ as ‘lady,’” Pimicikamak Cree Nation Chief David Monias advised reporters Tuesday. “Forty per cent of them have first names solely. W. did these youngsters come from?”

Run by the Roman Catholic Church, St. Joseph’s was the primary residential college in northern Manitoba. Investigators plan to make use of ground-penetrating radar on the web site of the previous college, a part of which is now a neighbourhood with houses.


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