By Jeremy Appel Local Journalism Initiative Reporter ALBERTA- A University of Alberta archaeologist is searching for unmarked graves in St. Albert with the assistance of residential school survivors. Eric McKay, one of the survivors assisting in the search, described the impact of his experience at a forced assimilation institution, where he was sent when he was seven, to CTV News. “I never really got the proper tools to navigate through life,” he said. “I went through phases of seeing other kids getting abused in there: sexually, physically, mentally and emotionally, as well as myself.” McKay, who suffered from addiction issues after his teenage years, began his road to recovery 13 years ago. “I gave my life to God in 2010 and I’ve been on a journey, it’s been a process,” he said.
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