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CP NewsAlert: 17 suspected grave sites detected near Alberni, B.C., Indian school

By The Canadian Press on February 21, 2023.

Flags mark where ground-penetrating radar recorded hits of what are believed to be 751 unmarked graves in this cemetery near the grounds of the former Marieval Indian Residential School on the Cowessess First Nation, Sask. on Saturday, June 26, 2021. A British Columbia First Nation is releasing the results of a preliminary search for unmarked graves on the grounds of a former residential school. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

PORT ALBERNI, B.C. – The chief of the Tseshaht First Nation on Vancouver Island says ground-penetrating radar has detected 17 suspected grave sites around the property of the former Alberni Indian Residential School.

The nation says its interviews with survivors, the historical records and other documents also show that 67 students died at the school, many of them from medical conditions.

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