St. Joseph’s Mission Investigation Activity Summary for the period of September 18 to September 24, 2021

GPR has continued at the St. Joseph’s Mission site this week and will continue to do so for many weeks to come. The removal of the metal debris is still ongoing, although the team from Jimco Services have made a huge improvement to the area in the past few weeks.

Photo: Sunset over the barn at the SJM site.

Meanwhile, the archival of student records are still being collected and recorded digitally. As of today, the female students’ records have been completed and the males are due to be complete by the end of next week.
This database of student records has been put together by WLFN’s intern, Jia Zhang. She will be working alongside Aaron Blake Evans, an Archeologist, Anthropologist and Archival Researcher based in Vancouver who will be using the database to assist with some digital archive work.

Photo: The GeoScan team using GPR near the SJM Cemetery.

Next week, WLFN will be hosting a ceremony at SJM on September 30th, 2021, to honour National Truth and Reconciliation Day.
The ceremony will start at 1pm and will be followed by a vehicle procession to the Chief William Arbor, at which there will be a drum circle at 2:15PM. This event is open to everyone who wishes to attend.

Photo: A promotional image for the ceremony on September 30th, 2021.