• Dates unmarked graves were located: 1992-1994

Between 1992 and 1994, Albert Lafferty, a Métis resident of Fort Providence, investigated the site of a former cemetery located near Sacred Heart Residential School. The cemetery had been ploughed over in 1948 and used as a field. Working with the Roman Catholic Diocese in Yellowknife, and using ground-penetrating radar, Lafferty discovered the names of 298 community members buried there, 161 of them children from the nearby school. In July 2021, Deh Gáh Got’îê First Nation Chief Joachim Bonnetrouge, announced that the community was planning to undertake further investigation into the unmarked graves.

Survivor's Support

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  • National Indian Residential School Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419
  • Hope for Wellness Hotline 1-855-242-3310
  • Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society 1-888-403-3123
  • Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) 1-800-721-0066 (reception@irsss.ca)