and reports about 100 000 students.
Now that's odd, because the federal government reports only 100 000
students in total, or sometimes 150 000.
It's known that death rates in residential schools were 25 to 50%: an
estimated 50 000 students died in the schools.
But if 25% of the schools had 100 000 students, the total number of
students in all schools must have been closer to 400 000, and the
number of students who died, then, would have been 150 000 to 200
Perhaps the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will clarify, but they
are still using the government's number, 100 000 to 150 000 students
in total. These numbers represent all students from 1872 to 1996 when
the last school closed.
80 000 survivors are still alive. This undisputed fact alone tells
the truth about the government's numbers: It is impossible that
half of all 1872-1990 students are still alive. Indian Affairs must clarify.