Tainted milk led to deaths of Alberta residential school children, group says – CBC

Jan 24, 2023

First Nation group intends to excavate what it believes to be a mass grave

A new report suggests tainted, unpasteurized milk was responsible for the deaths of many First Nations children at an Alberta residential school.

The conclusion comes from a preliminary report released Tuesday by the Acimowin Opaspiw Society. The Saddle Lake Cree Nation formed the group in 2021 to investigate unmarked burial sites of the Blue Quills residential school in Alberta.

The organization has been gathering testimony and sifting through documents provided by the Catholic Church to produce the report with some of its early findings.

“It appears as though people like to accept the fact that these children just died of tuberculosis because First Nations people are natural carriers of tuberculosis and that is a farce,” Leah Redcrow, executive director for the society, said at a news conference held at the Sacred Heart cemetery grounds in Saddle Lake.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/tainted-milk-led-to-deaths-of-alberta-residential-school-children-group-says-1.6724990

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