Phase 1 began Tuesday and will start the very long process of searching for unmarked burial sites.
Survivors of the residential school system can get support through Canada’s Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program 24-7 crisis line by calling 1-866-925-4419.
A ground-penetrating radar search for unmarked burial sites is underway at University nuhelot’ine thaiyots’i nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills near St. Paul, Alta. The university was once a former Indian residential school.
Preparations have been underway since May 2021 to search the area.
This phase of the search started Tuesday will last for five days, covering a couple of acres — just a small portion of the site.
Ground-penetrating technology is just one piece of the search — stories from survivors are important parts of the process too.
For the past 50 years, the now university has been a place of learning and healing.
The school is run by seven First Nations and is the first of its kind in the country.