Situated near Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada, the Fort Pelly and St. Philip's Residential Schools were part of the Indian residential school system implemented by the Canadian government.
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Biography of Battleford Residential School, Saskatchewan
The Battleford Residential School, located in Battleford, Saskatchewan, was an Anglican Church-operated federal residential institution for Indigenous children. It operated from 1883 to 1914 and played a significant role in the assimilation efforts imposed on Indigenous communities during that period.
As part of a project begun in November 2021, Star Blanket Cree Nation carried out a search of the former grounds of Qu'Appelle Indian Residential School in fall and winter 2022 using ground-penetrating radar. On January 12, 2023, preliminary findings were announced, which included over 2000 "hits" on ground-penetrating radar and the discovery of a fragment of the jawbone of a child between the ages of 4 and 6, which was estimated by the Saskatchewan Coroners Service to be approximately 125 years old. The "hits" registered on the ground-penetrating radar are not all suspected to be graves, and the ground search leader said they could be "anomalies" like tree roots or rocks. Further work is set to continue as of January 2023
On April 20, 2022, George Gordon First Nation Chief Byron Bitternose announced that 14 possible grave sites were identified using ground-penetrating radar at the former George Gordon Indian Residential School site. Records from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation showed that 49 students died during the school's operation from 1888 to 1996
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