Residential school survivors gather at former school site north of Edmonton

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Residential school survivors gathered at Poundmakers Lodge Tuesday, where a search was set to begin for unmarked graves at the site of a former residential school.

The Edmonton Indian Residential School was just north of the city and ran from 1924 to 1968. Children from reserves in Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and the Northwest Territories were taken to the school.

Since the bodies of 215 unmarked graves were found in Kamloops, hundreds more have been discovered at other former schools across the country. After searching the sites of seven other schools, 1,505 bodies have been found with more than 490 schools to go.

On Monday and Tuesday, Poundmaker’s Lodge hosted a gathering of survivors. People came and told stories of their time at the school.

 

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