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Future access to Battlefords residential school cemetery uncertain – CBC

by ahnationtalk on June 12, 2018183 Views

Registrar of cemeteries says land owner has responsibility to provide reasonable access

Jun 12, 2018

A group of Grade 12 students will have access to a historic residential school cemetery site on private property near the Battlefords, but future field trips are still in the air.

In May, for the first time, Indigenous elders, families and non-Indigenous community members were granted permission to visit the site.

The Battleford Industrial School, open for approximately 30 years in the late 1800s and early 1900s, grew over those years from a dozen students to 100.

Most of the 74 people buried in the small cemetery are children. Others were associated with the school some other way.

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