Indigenous experts discuss residential school records at Edmonton symposium – CBC

Sep 28, 2023

Researchers have to go though ‘astronomical’ number of documents

The discovery of suspected unmarked graves at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in B.C. in 2021 prompted other First Nations in Canada, including in Alberta, to search the sites of former residential schools to determine if they could be concealing unmarked graves, too.

As well as searching the former residential school sites, Indigenous investigators dug into the written records of residential schools to identify children who died there and also learn more about the causes of child mortality at residential schools.

This week, residential schools investigators and researchers met at the Acimowin Opaspiw Society’s National Investigation Methodologies symposium to exchange their experiences conducting inquiries into residential schools and share best practices.

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