Report says 3,000 kids died in residential schools


Last updated 3/21/2013 at 12:50pm

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Acting Aboriginal Affairs Minister James Moore called the deaths a “horrific circumstance” of the Indian residential school system. “The residential school fact of Canada’s history is a Canadian tragedy,” Moore said.

VANCOUVER, BC—According to new unpublished research about Residential Schools in Canada, some 3,000 students died while attending boarding schools run for First Nations children.

“These are actual confirmed numbers,” Alex Maass, research manager with the Missing Children Project, told The Canadian Press. “All of them have primary documentation that indicates that there’s been a death, when it occurred, what the circumstances were.”

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