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Canada In pictures: Alberta pupils honour lost native children of Dunbow Industrial School

Thirty-two students from Strathcona Tweedsmuir School were invited to the former site of one of the first three Indian residential schools in Western Canada

Grade 4 to 6 students from Strathcona Tweedsmuir School pause at the site of the Dunbow Industrial School Cemetery in De Winton, Alta., on May 22, 2013.

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Thirty-two students from Strathcona Tweedsmuir were invited to the ceremonial site to pay tribute to the 73 students who are known to have died while attending Dunbow from 1884 to 1922.

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St. Joseph’s Industrial School, commonly known as Dunbow School, was built by the Canadian government north of High River, Alta., and operated by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate as a Catholic school for Blackfoot children.

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Nine-year-old Eila Ortt, a Grade 4 student at Strathcona Tweedsmuir School, holds a box containing a butterfly. The box bears the name of Lizzie Brown, one of the First Nations students buried in the graveyard.

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Eila releases the butterfly after reading Lizzie Brown’s name aloud, in a ceremony to honour the dead. Other children released butterflies for students including Lucie Sinclair, Charles Godin and Esther Wolf – all Christian names that were given to the Dunbow's pupils, along with numbers, by the children after they had been taken from their families.

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