Cowessess First Nation Will Receive Federal Cash to Help Identify 751 Unnamed Graves | The Canadian News

The Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan is beginning to name unmarked graves discovered at a former residential school site, and the federal government says it will help fund the effort.

About $ 703,000 is being given over three years to the community grave recovery project.

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The money will go towards research, archiving and collection of statements, additional field work, commemorative markers, electronic mapping of all marked and unmarked graves and a monument.

In June, the First Nation discovered what could be as many as 751 unmarked graves near the former Marieval Indigenous Residential School, which operated from 1899 to 1997, and was run by the Roman Catholic Church until 1968.

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Chief Cadmus Delorme previously told The Canadian Press that 300 graves have been identified, and not all of those buried are believed to be children.

Delorme said the Ottawa funding will help Cowessess reach its goal.

“The ultimate goal is to identify a name for each unmarked grave, and it will be a place to honor those who went before us and to provide a place of healing for those affected by the unmarked graves,” Delorme said in a statement Wednesday. .

Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu said it is important to identify and honor those found in the nameless graves.

“We cannot forget how the horrible legacy of colonialism through residential schools continues to this day, and that we must support communities in their efforts by implementing the call to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” he said in a statement.


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