New documents reveal 43 more deaths at former Mohawk Institute, survivor-led group says – CBC

Sep 01, 2022

WARNING: This story contains distressing details

New documents related to the former Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford, Ont., have revealed 43 more deaths, according to the survivor-led group overseeing the search for potential unmarked graves at the site.

The total number of student deaths, according to documents obtained so far, is 97. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation only lists 48 deaths, while previous updates from the secretariat have said there were 54 deaths.

“The impact and the legacy [of residential schools] is felt far beyond the boundaries of communities,” Laura Arndt, the new executive lead for the Survivors’ Secretariat, told community members at an invite-only event Wednesday.

Sherlene Bomberry, a residential school survivor and member of the secretariat, said the new documents came through a collaboration with Know History, a professional historical research firm.

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