Searchers unable to find any unmarked graves linked to former Shubenacadie residential school – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on August 5, 2021230 Views

A team of Nova Scotia researchers has confirmed they were unable to find any unmarked graves for students who died while attending the Shubenacadie residential school.

The Sipekne’katik First Nation issued a statement Wednesday saying the search of the former Shubenacadie Indian Residential School site north of Halifax included the use of ground-penetrating radar and aerial laser scanning.

The survey team’s leader, Jonathan Fowler, said the search included scans of the surrounding farmland.

Fowler, an associate professor with Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, said evidence of unmarked graves was identified, but it predated the 1930 founding of the residential school by about 100 years and is likely connected to former landowners.

Sipekne’katik Chief, Mike Sack, told members of the local Mi’kmaq community the search will resume if new information comes forward.

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