By Colin Perkel
While deaths have long been documented as part of the disgraced residential school system, the findings are the result of the first systematic search of government, school and other records.
For decades starting in about 1910, tuberculosis was a consistent killer–in part because of widespread ignorance over how diseases were spread.
In all, about 150,000 first nations children went through the church-run residential school system, which ran from the 1870s until the 1990s. In many cases, native kids were forced to attend under a deliberate federal policy of “civilizing” Aboriginal Peoples.
Many students were physically, mentally and sexually abused. Some committed suicide. Some died fleeing their schools.
For more on boarding schools, see ICWA Prevents Child Kidnapping and Mormons Teach Dark Skin Is Curse.