Academics, institutions seek to find, support searches for those buried at former residential schools

June 16, 2021
Several Canadian postsecondary institutions have responded to the discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children at the Kamloops residential school site by supporting search efforts or embarking on their own searches for other graves. The Canadian Archaeological Association has created free online resources to answer questions and explain the process of finding unmarked graves so that communities have the information to quickly move forward. Algoma University, which is located on the site of the former Shingwauk Residential School, will be using all available technology to uncover any gravesites outside of the Shingwauk Cemetery. Researchers from Brandon University, Simon Fraser University, and the University of Windsor will be joining a collaboration led by Sioux Valley Dakota Nation (SVDN): The Brandon Residential School Cemeteries Project. The project will use a combination of forensic methods, archival research, and survivor interviews to identify children who died at the school. CAA | CBC (CAA) | AlgomaU | BrandonU (National)