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Indigenous kids were healthy before arrival at residential schools: study


A study suggesting indigenous children from Saskatchewan and Manitoba were healthy when they were sent to residential schools undercuts government justification for nutritional experiments at the time.

Researchers also say it suggests the schools set the stage for health problems plaguing First Nations today.

Paul Hackett, a researcher at the University of Saskatchewan, said he and two others analyzed the body mass index of more than 1,700 children entering the schools between 1919 and the 1950s. The children’s records, which are public, were meticulously kept on microfilm.


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