Ground radar probe underway at site of former BC residential school – Smithers Interior News


A remnant building still stands on the site of the Alberni Indian Residential School on Tseshaht First Nation territory near Port Alberni. The nation launched a ground penetrating radar scan of the site on July 11, 2022 and expects work to continue for two weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY OF TSESHAHT FIRST NATION)

Ground radar probe underway at the site of the former BC residential school

Tseshaht First Nation says work around the former Alberni Indian Residential School will take about 2 weeks

Warning: The information in this article may be triggering for some people.

The first phase of searching for unmarked graves began on the grounds of a former boarding school near Port Alberni.

Tseshaht First Nation says the project at the former Alberni Indian Residential School site began Monday and will take about two weeks.

The statement says children from at least 100 First Nations in British Columbia attended the school while it operated from 1900 to 1973.

He says GeoScan, a company with experience performing ground-penetrating radar scans at other former residential schools, will do the work in coordination with the First Nation and keeping cultural protocols in mind.

The First Nation indicates that a formal announcement containing the results of the analysis will be released once some time has been taken to analyze the results.

Similar investigations are underway at former boarding schools across Canada, following the discovery of what were believed to be more than 200 unmarked graves at a former boarding school in Kamloops, British Columbia.

“We recognize that this work can be difficult for our people and those who carry memories related to residential schools,” the statement said. “Together we work to find answers from the past and bring truth to the present.”

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