Catholic register, survivors offer clues to who may be buried in cemetery next to Marieval residential school – CBC

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Catholic register, survivors offer clues to who may be buried in cemetery next to Marieval residential school – CBC

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Jul 20, 2021

Cowessess First Nation members say graveyard included mix of locals and residents of nearby communities

Lloyd Lerat still remembers the day in the early 1960s when workers came to remove headstones from a section of the cemetery in Cowessess First Nation, Sask., that is now covered with tiny flags marking spots left by a ground-penetrating radar survey that the nation says found evidence of 751 unmarked graves.

A student at Marieval Indian Residential School at the time, Lerat, 72, said he and other children heard a hubbub of activity coming from the cemetery near the school, located about 164 km east of Regina. They saw workers and a truck removing headstones and wooden crosses.

“We came out, and there were all kind of activity going on there,” said Lerat.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/marieval-cemetery-graves-1.6106563

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