A report speaks of 341 deaths but when you crease a massive industry like the boarding schools were, you also create jobs to protect and one way to protect job is to hide failures when someone makes mistake or observe a crime committed by a co-worker.
That is the reason that the number 341 is not certain. Still 341 deaths means 341 losses. 341 families hit by tragedy and sorrow which they might never overcome.
That is the reason people should continue to investigate. Minors living away from home continue to die. The price of education is high it seems. Too high!
It must change and one method is to look at the past and learn.
For 341 the learning process started too late and result was terrible.
Records show 341 student deaths at residential schools in the North (CBC news)
From April 19, 1941 to June 6, 1941 only the employees of the St. Anne’s Indian Residential School knew that 3 boys – one of them 14 year old John Kioki was missing. He has never been found and is presumed to have died during his escape as a storm hit the area shortly after the boys ran away.
Today the school is not know for its kind heart towards the children who were forced to be there because the government of Canada decided to education children in large boarding schools instead of doing it locally near the families of the children.
A world mixed of religion and punishment was what they got. It is likely the reason for their escape from the school.
May he have found peace where he is now.
16 year old Courtney Scott died at a fire while she was placed in foster care. It is kind of odd that the buildings which houses vulnerable minors don’t have fire alarms in every room. A fire alarm you can buy for 10 dollars and it would have alerted the rest of the people in the building enabling them to save this poor girl.
She died thousand of miles from her family having been in the foster care system for years. Isolated from her culture and the life she had before she ended up in foster care. After her death the authorities didn’t seem very busy informing her relatives about her death.
It was a very sad tragedy which could have been prevented by using a small sum on properly alerting systems. A simple change in fire code regulations for foster care families and group homes would have made it.
May she find peace where she is now.
15 year old Kanina Sue Turtle had been in the system for many years. Living far away from her family, they were informed that she had committed suicide late October 2016. However that is all they were told. None seems to know exactly what took place this terrible day which ended with the death of this poor girl.
Now some are asking for a full inquery into the events and the question everyone has to ask themselves is: Why is it necessary? Should it not be mandatory for a full investigation into every tragic death?
Maybe her death could have been prevented if investigations into previous deaths had been conducted. Because something is missing. You see a lot of young adults living in shelters and on the streets thousand of kilometers from the place where they were born and their families live. Was it the possibility of ending up in the streets that made her take her own life? Did she take her own life? Not even that is to known if none are investigating.
It was a tragic death which properly could have been prevented. May she find peace where she is now.
13 year old Amy Owen died after she was transferred from her home to a group home and apparently then transferred to another group home. She had suicidal thoughts which led to her being committed to a place where she could be under observation 24-7.
However now none seems to know what happen and the authorities seems to be very quick ruling her death as a suicide. What is fast considering that it was uncertaint where she even lived at the time of her death. The group home her parents sent her to denied that it was there she lived at the time of her death.
It is sad her her parents that she was not given the care she needed.
May she rest in peace where she is now.
A mother has been trying to find out what happened to her 8 year old daughter. She is looking for the grave of her daughter. A system has hidden the fate of her daugther from her for decades. It is unclear what the motive is. Did corporal punishment end the life of her daughter prematurely? Did her daughter die from an illness which could have been treated?
Someone in the system tried to keep the facts a secret. May the mother finally be able to find out the truth.
12 year old Roderick Taypaywaykejick ran from St. Mary’s Indian Residential School in 1970 and died due to exposure to the cold. Together with another boy they never made it home. At that time many children were forced to live at boarding schools instead of at their home together with their family.
It was a tragedy for the families of these children.
The other residential school runaways