Indigenous learning centre in Edmonton moving to new location because of unmarked graves


For nearly 50 years the Nechi Institute of Indigenous Learning has trained more than 15,000 people in the area of addictions in St. Albert, just north of Edmonton.

But the institute’s CEO says the school is moving.

They have been looking for a new site after being relocated to old trailers when the Poundmaker’s Lodge Treatment Centre expanded.

The land is on the old Edmonton Indian Residential School.

I have some very important persons that went to school here,” says Marilyn Buffalo. “One of them is Hereditary Chief George Muldoe that came here last year. That showed me, showed my staff exactly where he buried people. And that is immediately behind our backyard here at Nechi institute. I’ve had elders tell me personally, tell me that our trailers are sitting on unmarked graves.”

Buffalo says Nechi needs to relocate and has asked the prime minister and AFN for help.

Video Journalist / Edmonton

Chris Stewart has been in the media for 20 years. He has worked at CBC, Global and CTV as a news camera operator and editor. Chris joined APTN in 2012 in the Saskatoon Bureau and moved to APTN Edmonton bureau in 2015 as a Videojournalist.