Res­i­den­tial school ceme­tery in Regina gets pro­vin­cial her­itage des­ig­na­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

REGINA — Along a dusty gravel road on the edge of Regina is a res­i­den­tial school ceme­tery that is now Saskatchewan’s first such ceme­tery to be des­ig­nated as a pro­vin­cial her­itage site. Cul­ture Min­is­ter Ken Chevel­day­off for­mally rec­og­nized the ceme­tery to­day, say­ing it will be pro­tected and re­spected for gen­er­a­tions to come.

There’s just one head­stone in the ceme­tery for the chil­dren of the first prin­ci­pal of the Regina In­dian In­dus­trial School.

How­ever, arche­ol­o­gists be­lieve dozens of In­dige­nous chil­dren are buried there too, in un­marked graves. Heather Bear, vice-chief of the Fed­er­a­tion of Sov­er­eign In­dige­nous Nations, says no one knows who these chil­dren were, but they were loved and had fam­i­lies who grieved their loss.

Elder Noel Star­blan­ket says the chil­dren have laid for­got­ten for many years and ``it now falls upon us to re­mem­ber them.’’

``For now, this is our way of say­ing that we will re­mem­ber them,’’ Star­blan­ket said Wed­nes­day.

``In our spir­i­tual way, what we do, we ask those ones, even in their in­no­cence, to pray for us up there and we ask them to bring us good for­tune to our peo­ple, cause they’re able to do that now in the spirit world.’’

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