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How many Residential Schools were there?

Image: CBC

Discovery at former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., has led to calls for action

CBC News · Posted: Jun 04, 2021 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: July 1



There is also a number of 10,028 unmarked graves (with only ten residential school sites searched). I have seen this number being shared on social media but cannot confirm.


By Laura Ulrich. An older version of this image.

A clarification:

which led to the image being updated:

Laura Ulrich:

This infographic is an ongoing project meant to help put things in perspective. By the time you are seeing it, more children may have been found. The schools in the original graphic represent the 139 Residential Schools that the Canadian Federal Government accepted legal responsibility for in the Indian Residential School Survivor (IRSS) Settlement. In reality, there were far more. It is estimated that 1300 such schools in Canada(see the second graphic).

Currently represented: 215 Kamloops, BC / 104 Brandon, MB / 38 Regina, SK / 35 Muskowekwan , SK / 751 Cowessess, SK / 182 Ktunaxa, BC / 160 Penelakut, BC / 35 Lestock, SK / 161 NWT / 39 Calgary Dunbow Industrial School , AB / 74 Battleford Industrial School, SK

The graphics do not currently include residential schools in the US, though I am tracking those counts as well (180 Carlisle, PA / 227 Mt. Pleasant, MI). That graphic may come. If anyone knows of a reliable website tracking the numbers for Canada and/or the USA, please share. I am currently working off headlines, which can be missed.

I am overwhelmed and humbled by the response to this project. Kukwstsétselp ("thank you" in Secwépemc, on whose territory I live, work, and love). Thank you to those who have shared it (you are welcome to, but please link back to help keep the information current). Thank you to all who have shared more information with me, to help with this project.

*** If you would like to donate *** Please consider the Indian Residential School Survivor Society and/or The Orange Shirt Society.

***If you would like to repost on Instagram*** Look up my handle, sleepybirchtree

*** If you would like to buy me a coffee***


Click on the links below to find the list of recognized residential schools and hostels. Please click here to view the decisions for institutions that have been requested to be added to the list of Indian residential schools recognized by the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. FULL List of Schools- ENGLISH.pdf (



Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada:




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