Finding David Lightning: The decades-long quest to locate an unmarked grave – Macleans.ca

Finding David Lightning: The decades-long quest to locate an unmarked grave – Macleans.ca

by ahnationtalk on September 27, 202131 Views

September 27, 2021

In 1987, a Cree elder went looking for his brother’s final resting place. His quest is now a beacon in the search for residential school graves.

The short, elderly man walked into the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery. Instead of turning left into the exhibit galleries, he veered right, into the staff offices. In the coffee break room, the stern-faced stranger approached a young, burly figure—a fellow Cree working at the museum—looked straight at him and said: “Oh, there you are. You’re the one who’s going to find my brother.”

Lyle Keewatin Richards had come across odd characters at the museum that summer of 1987, but this went beyond. The man, an Elder who introduced himself as Albert Lightning, explained that he’d attended Red Deer Indian Industrial School with his younger brother, David, but David never came home. Lightning, 87 and nearing the end of his life, wanted clarity and closure.

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