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Ottawa funds more search for unmarked graves at former NS boarding school

The federal government is providing more than $326,000 for healing programs and fieldwork to find possible unmarked graves near a former Nova Scotia residential school.

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

Federal money is for research, commemoration and search operations on the lands where the largest residential school in Atlantic Canada once stood.

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

Federal funding will also be used to organize commemorative events such as the installation of a plaque honoring missing children who attended residential school.

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

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

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