New research finds at least 3,000 confirmed Indian residential school deaths

The Canadian Press
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TORONTO — New research has found at least 3,000 children are now known to have died during attendance at Canada’s disgraced Indian residential schools.

Researchers with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission tell The Canadian Press that the findings are the result of search of government, school and other records.

It’s the first time fatalities have been quantified based on systematic research.

Research manager Alex Maass says the number could rise further as more documents — especially from government archives — come to light.

Diseases such as the Spanish flu and tuberculosis accounted for most of the deaths, but some students succumbed to accidents or abuse.

Maass says most of the dead children have been positively identified, although about 500 remain nameless.

Organizations: Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Canadian Press

Geographic location: TORONTO, Canada

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  • Lisa
    February 19, 2013 - 12:21

    If any of those involved in the horrendous treatment of these children and their families are still alive and can be found, they should be charged and put in jail. If not.......vengeance is mine, saith the Lord.

  • Margaret
    February 19, 2013 - 09:04

    Our supposedly "loving Christian" Catholic Church is responsible for all this extreme cruelty (even to the point of death) of these little innocent children, who were forcibly taken away from their parents and families. They were having their very culture and way of life stolen from them, by lies and fear and beatings. Oh my, what they must have suffered emotionally, mentally, and physically. They were in the care of cruel, heartless CATHOLIC NUNS. For heavens sake, they were all just tiny little innocent children!