Saddle Lake Cree Nation investigating after finding remains of children

"It was one of the most horrific residential schools in Canada."

The Saddle Lake Cree Nation is 'actively researching and investigating' the deaths of at least 200 residential school children who never came home, and remains are being found in unmarked graves. 

Eric Large started going through burial records back in February related to the Blue Quills Indian Residential School based near St. Paul.

Large thinks he found documents for 215 students who passed away between the ages of 6 and 11, but whose remains are still unaccounted for.

Large said he obtained some of the records are from the Catholic Church, he mentioned there are 12,000 nation members and each family member remembers four or five children who disappeared. 

Jason Whiskeyjack is a councillor in Saddle Lake and said he accidentally recovered bones of several children while digging new graves in the local Sacred Heart Cemetery. He called on the federal government to provide funding to Saddle Lake for radar equipment to investigate. 

Earlier in the year a Cree woman launched her own efforts to mark graves in Saddle Lake by selling moccasins for charity. 

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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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