Fort Simpson, N.W.T., reckons with 'wounds beneath the surface' as burial sites enter public discussion

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WARNING: This story contains details and images some readers may find distressing.

There’s a white fence visible from classrooms of Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ regional high school and elementary school in Fort Simpson, N.W.T.

It surrounds an area where human remains have been found. For decades, locals have known that in the heart of Fort Simpson, burial grounds remain uncovered, under the soil where the LaPointe Hall residential school hostel once stood. 

Children still attend class in the two buildings that once functioned as a federal day school and residential school.

LaPointe Hall has since been torn down, but the community’s schools stand as a reminder and a skeleton of the past. 

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