Ottawa funds more searches for unmarked graves at former NS residential school

SIPEKNE’KATIK, NOVA SCOTIA — The federal government is providing more than $326,000 for healing programs and fieldwork to locate potential unmarked graves near a former residential school in Nova Scotia.

Crown Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller made the announcement today during a visit to the Sipekne’katik First Nation, north of Halifax.

The federal money will be used for research, commemoration and searches of the site that once housed the largest residential school in Atlantic Canada.

Fieldwork on the site of the former Shubenacadie Indian Residential School will analyze areas not included in a previous survey by Parks Canada.

The federal funding is also intended to help with commemorative events such as the installation of a plaque honoring the missing children who attended residential school.

A total of $209.8 million over five years was included in the recent federal budget to help communities document, locate and commemorate cemeteries at former residential schools.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 20, 2022.

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