The final resting place for several first nations children who died at the Regina Indian Industrial School is now a provincial heritage property.
Minister responsible for Parks, Culture and Sport Gene Makowsky unveiled the provincial heritage property plaque at the cemetery on Tuesday.
Past president of the Regina Indian Industrial School Commemorative Association Janine Windolph said she is joyed that this moment has come and that work continues towards reconciliation.
“It hasn’t been an easy one, but the fact that there is representation here acknowledging the issue, that’s a good step to finalizing this action, and moving on to other actions as well.”
The cemetery has at least 35 First Nations and Metis children who died attending the residential school, and came from all across the prairies, most of whom died from tuberculosis.
Mayor Michael Fougere said it is a significant achievement for those who represent the site.
“The city has done this as municipal heritage designation, the province has done this, now the plaque is here, (there’s) more work to be done, but this is an important milestone to recognize by the community that the site is protected, and to be commemorated and honoured for generations to come.”
As Fougere mentioned, before provincial recognition was given, the City of Regina did have their own protection on the land, which is still currently privately owned.