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Hundreds of burial sites found near former Saskatchewan residential school

WARNING: The following story contains details some readers may find disturbing.

Hundreds of unmarked burial sites have been found near a former residential school in Saskatchewan.

The Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan issued a media advisory on Wednesday saying they completed a radar scan of the area around the Marieval Indian Residential School making the horrific discovery.

An official announcement is expected to be made on Thursday.

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Perry Bellegarde, chief of the Assembly of First Nations, says the news is tragic, but not surprising.

In May, a First Nation near Kamloops, B-C, announced the discovery of a mass grave containing the bodies of at least 215 children. The federal government has since provided 27-million dollars to First Nations to help identify other burial grounds.

The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of his or her Residential school experience or for those affected by these reports.  The 24-hour crisis line is available at 1-866-925-4419.

With files from Norman Jack

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