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TORONTO — At least 3,000 children, including four under the age of 10 found huddled together in frozen embrace, are now known to have died during attendance at Canada’s Indian residential schools, according to new unpublished research.
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.
« These are actual confirmed numbers, » Alex Maass, research manager with the Missing Children Project, told The Canadian Press from Vancouver.
« All of them have primary documentation that indicates that there’s been a death, when it occurred, what the circumstances were. »
The number could rise further as more documents — especially from government archives — come to light.
The largest single killer, by far, was disease.
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