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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon Indian Residential School Cemetery (RM of Cornwallis)

In this small cemetery in the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis are the graves of people who were students at the Brandon Indian Residential School. A commemorative monument contains the names of 11 people known to be buried here but it is believed there are other unmarked graves inside and outside a chain link fence at the site.

Another cemetery, near the Assiniboine River, contains earlier burials from the school.

Brandon Indian Residential School Cemetery

Brandon Indian Residential School Cemetery (September 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Commemorative monument in the cemetery

Commemorative monument in the cemetery (September 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Names on the Monument




Death Date

Roderic Beardy


Cross Lake

16 April 1949

George Byrd



Before 1929

John Kirkness



10 June 1957

Cornelius Linklater



10 December 1928

Ewart Monias


Nelson House

18 August 1942

Rebecca Spence



14 June 1931

Angus Sunkawasky [Sunkawasti]



9 January 1932

Mary Sutherland



30 November 1932

Henry Swanson



2 August 1940

Lydia Wesley



21 April 1931

Sam Youngskunk [Skunk]



26 September 1932

See also:

A Cup of Cold Water: Alfred Kirkness and the Brandon Residential School Cemeteries by Anne Lindsay, Clare Cook, and David Cuthbert
Manitoba History, Number 78, Summer 2015

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon Indian Residential School (RM of Cornwallis)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon Indian Residential School Cemetery (RM of Cornwallis)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon Old Indian Residential School Cemetery (Brandon)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Birtle Indian Residential School (Birtle, Municipality of Prairie View)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Elkhorn Indian Residential School (Elkhorn, RM of Wallace-Woodworth)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: MacKay Indian Residential School (Opaskwayak Cree Nation)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Portage la Prairie Indian Residential School (Crescent Road West, Portage la Prairie)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pine Creek Indian Residential School / Camperville Indian Residential School (Pine Creek First Nation)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Norway House Indian Residential School (Norway School)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Julia Clark School (611 Academy Road, Winnipeg)


Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

We thank Jack Dodds, Tom Mitchell, Katherine Nichols, and Anne Lindsay for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 April 2018

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