As Dan Karpenchuk reports, this time it will be in northern Manitoba.
The Pimicikamak Cree Nations has announced plans to search the site of the former St. Joseph’s Residential School. It was operated near Cross Lake by the Roman Catholic Church in northern Manitoba, between 1912 and 1969. The chief of the Pimicikamak Nations is David Monia. He says the reserve has identified the names of 85 children who died at the school. However, he adds that surviving records are incomplete.
“Many of them are listed as boy, as girl, 40% of them have first names only. Where did these kids come from?”
Investigators say they will use ground penetrating radar to search the site, which is now a neighborhood with homes.
“You know they don’t describe it as a school. More like assimilation camps, torture camps, or death camps and really that’s an international crime.”
start date for the search has yet been determined. It was just over a
week ago that the Pope apologized at the Vatican to a Canadian
Indigenous delegation, for the role of the Catholic Church in the abuses
at Canada’s residential schools. Thousands of Native children were
abused at the schools, many died.