People march to former Shubenacadie residential school site on ‘Freedom Day’

June 21 is known as National Indigenous Peoples Day for many – but for others, it’s called Freedom Day.

That’s the day some children went home for the summer break from residential school.

On Tuesday, more than 100 people marched to the site where the former Shubenacadie residential school once stood to remember the children who never made it home.

“I just hope everybody gets accounted for, they dig up the graves and they get the DNA, and they find out where they all belong and give them a proper burial, acknowledgment,” says Elmer Lewis from Eskasoni First Nation.

More than a thousand children were taken to Shubenacadie from across the Maritimes. Survivors say children are still missing.

Ground searches have been conducted for unmarked graves at the site where the school once stood.

So far, nothing has been found.

Survivors came from New Brunswick, Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island.

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.