Jan 13, 2023
By Jane Brown
Members of a Saskatchewan First Nation say ground-penetrating radar has discovered more than two thousand areas of interest at the site of one of the longest-running residential schools in Canada.
Sheldon Poitras is the project leader for the ground search and says among the discoveries is a jaw bone fragment of a child between the ages of 4 and 6.
“The bone fragment has been aged to be about 125 years old which puts us in the first school era,” Poitras explained to reporters, “So that brings us back to about 1898.”
Among those reacting, Star Blanket Cree Nation Chief Michael Starr says that it shows the harsh truth of what happened at the Qu’Appelle Indian Residential School, also known as the Lebret Industrial School.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls the discovery “difficult news” and says the federal government will help the First Nation every step of the way.