Investigation of school graves begins at former Shubenacadie school in Nova Scotia


An investigative team started the search for the graves of students who once attended the former Shubenacadie residential school.

The school was open from 1930 to 1967.

The request for a search came from Sipekne’katik First Nation.

It was led by Jonathan Fower, an anthropologist and associate professor at Saint Mary’s University.

“We’re going to map all of it and we’re going to use multiple instruments and we’re going to bring that data to the community so that community members can then tell us where to look with the radar and other tools,” Fowler said.

Since the discovery in Kamloops, calls to search residential school grounds across the country are growing.

Fowler said it needs to be done properly.

“Graves are difficult to see with geophysics and there is a certain risk in this time that there may be people coming forward likely with good intentions who are not very familiar with this type of work,” he said. “And so it’s important for communities to find the expertise to do it thoroughly and do it properly.”

Fowler said the search will take a few weeks and the results will be presented to community members.

Video Journalist / Halifax

Angel Moore is a proud Cree from the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. Angel grew up in Winnipeg and has a Journalism degree from the University of King’s College. She also has a degree from Dalhousie University in International Development Studies and Environmental Sustainability. Angel joined APTN News in June 2018 as the correspondent in the Halifax bureau and covers Atlantic Canada.