The chief of a northern Ontario First Nation that found the province’s first “plausible burials” says the community is in shock and its members are working hard to ensure survivors and their loved ones have mental health support. Wauzhushk Onigum Nation Chief Chris Skead says the uncovering of 171 anomalies and “plausible burials” at the site of former St. Mary’s Indian Residential School in Kenora earlier this week is retraumatizing many survivors who attended the Catholic-run institution. The chief says he is seeing difficult emotions from community members and is feeling overwhelmed as his siblings and ancestors attended the institution. Studies were being conducted by the First Nation’s technical, archeological and ground-penetrating-radar team since May that were informed by testimony from survivors. Most of the findings were unmarked, except for five
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