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Search resumes for potential unmarked graves outside former hospital that treated Indigenous patients

Search resumes for potential unmarked graves outside former hospital that treated Indigenous patients
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Excavation is underway again behind a former hospital which once housed Indigenous tuberculosis patients, as elders and developers search for potential unmarked graves.

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TORONTO -- A search prompted by ground-penetrating radar is resuming again on land in Edmonton that houses a former so-called Indian hospital, where Indigenous patients suffered abuse and sometimes never came home.

Developers are working with Indigenous elders and chiefs to excavate the area in case there are any unmarked graves on the land.

I can sense it there, Fernie Marty, a Papaschase elder, told CTV National News. Somethings not right here, eh?

Starting in the 1930s, 31 hospitals were built in Canada with the goal of treating tuberculosis in Indigenous people but according to the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at the University of British Columbia, the hospitals were understaffed and used experimental treatment on their patients.

A class-action lawsuit brought forth in 2018 alleges patients suffered sexual and physical abuse, including forced sterilization, at these hospitals.

The Charles Camsell Hospital in Edmonton was the largest of these types of hospitals, serving as a tuberculosis treatment centre for Indigenous children in the 40s and 50s. Patients were brought to the hospital from all across Alberta and northern Canada.
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