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Federal government gives money for residential school site research in Saskatchewan

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The federal government is providing nearly $5 million for research into residential schools, unmarked graves and undocumented deaths in Saskatchewan.

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations announced the funding this morning at the site of the Muscowequan Indian Residential School near Lestock, Sask.

The money comes from $27.1 million the federal government set aside to help Indigenous communities throughout the country with research, knowledge gathering, ceremonies and ground-penetrating radar work at residential school sites.

The FSIN says the work of finding and commemorating the unmarked graves of First Nations children in Saskatchewan has already begun.

Chief Bobby Cameron says in a news release that hundreds of survivors and their descendants have already provided testimony about friends and classmates who never came home.

The province of Saskatchewan has also announced $2 million for residential school site research last week.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 22, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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