Kapawe'no First Nation finishes first phase of search at former residential school site

The University of Alberta's archeology lead the project and stated the report on the findings should be completed by the end of the year.

Kapawe'no First Nation says in a written statement that finding any unmarked graves at Grouard Indian Residential School, also known as St. Bernard Mission School, is imperative to the community's collective healing.

The school was opened by the Roman Catholic Church in 1894 and closed about 60 years ago. 

The First Nation says they are also working with Treaty 8 First Nation to search for unmarked graves at 10 other residential school sites in Treaty No. 8 Territory.

The statement says the work has not received funding from the federal or provincial government.

Grouard is located about 350km northwest of Edmonton on the western edge of Lesser Slave Lake.

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