Ground penetrating radar research underway at former Blue Quills residential school site

Monday, August 15th, 2022 11:59am

By Daniel Barker-Tremblay

Former Blue Quills Residential school (Photo submitted)

"Indian residential school has done enough to try and tear us apart, and destroy our languages, our families, our cultures and our ceremonies. And our hope is the work we're doing, and doing through ceremony, through education is going to pull us back together." - Sherri Chisan, preident of president of University nuhelot'įne thaiyots'į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills

 

 

Ground penetrating radar research is taking place at of University nuhelot'įne thaiyots'į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills on the formal residential school grounds to search for unmarked graves. The search started on Aug. 9 and will be conducted over the course of five days.

Dr. Kisha Supernant, director of the Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archeology at the University of Alberta, is leading the search which is being funded by the Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada.  

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Dr. Kisha Supernant, director of the Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archology at the University of Alberta (Photo submitted)

Interview with Dr. Kisha Supernant:

 

In a CFWE interview, Sherri Chisan, president of University nuhelot'įne thaiyots'į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills, Mayor of St Paul Maureen Miller, and Elder and Residential School survivor of Blue Quills Francis WhiskeyJack sat down to talk about phase one of research, and what it means to them, and to Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities that are involved.

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Mayor of St. Paul Maureen Miller (Left) Sherri Chisan (Middle) and Francis WhiskeyJack (Right) (Photo submitted)

 

If you, or anyone you know that is a Residential School survivor and needs support for emotional and crisis referral services, call the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419

 

Listen to the full audio below:

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