'Evidence of a genocide' found during search of Alberta residential school

An organization investigating unmarked graves near a residential school in eastern Alberta says they have uncovered "physical and documented evidence of a genocide."

 

The Acimowin Opaspiw Society (AOS) will release details of its preliminary report on Tuesday into missing children and unmarked burials at Blue Quills Residential School. 

Journalists have been asked to gather at 1 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Residential School in Saddle Lake Cree Nation. 

Last May, AOS held a press conference to announce that it was "actively researching and investigating" the deaths of at least 200 residential school children who never came home. 

At the time, a residential school survivor and researcher with AOS said he found documents for 215 students who died between the ages 6 to 11, but whose remains are still unaccounted for. 

A councillor in the community also spoke about finding body parts in unmarked graves at the Sacred Heart Cemetary in Saddle Lake. 

Saddle Lake is located roughly 150 kilometres northeast of Edmonton. 

Windspeaker Radio Network spoke with Saddle Lake Cree Nation member Jason Whiskeyjack about the project and the discovery of remains.

If you are a former residential school student in distress, or have been affected by the residential school system and need help, you can contact the 24-hour Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419, or the Indian Residential School Survivors Society toll-free line at 1-800-721-0066.

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