From 1883 to 1998, nearly 150,000 indigenous children were forcibly separated from their families and sent to the government-funded, church-run boarding schools in an attempt to … “We think this is a situation that needs further study,” he said. On Monday, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation revealed the names of 2,800 children who died in residential schools during a sombre ceremony in Gatineau, Que. Sinclair has guessed up to 6,000 children may have died at the schools but it’s impossible to say with certainty.

An amendment to the Indian Act in 1884 made attendance at day schools, industrial schools, or residential schools compulsory for First Nations children. Due to the remote nature of many communities, school locations meant that for some families residential schools were the only way to comply. The cloth carries the names of 2,800 children who died at residential schools. The number of children who died at residential schools is just one of the areas that needs more exploration, he says. As many as 6,000 children died in residential institutions, which ran from 1876 to 1996.
A 1907 medical report for Indian Affairs said that 75 per cent of the children who had been students at the File Hills residential school east of Regina had died because of their time spent there.

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The list of Indigenous children who died in Canada’s residential school system. RELATED: More Than 4,000 Indigenous Children Died in Canada’s Residential Schools: Commission “The government stopped recording deaths of children in residential schools, we think, probably because the rates were so high,” Sinclair said, adding that up to 6,000 children may have died.

The names of 2,800 Indigenous children who died in residential schools were released by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on Monday.