Fraser Institute Fellow Tom Flanagan: News Stories About Residential School Graves are 'Fake News' - 2022-01-21
Tom Flanagan, a former senior adviser to Stephen Harper and current senior fellow at the Fraser Institute, says he thinks news reports about over a thousand unmarked graves at the sites of former residential schools is "fake news."
"This is the worst case of fake news in Canadian history," Flanagan said this week during an interview with a far-right website, claiming "numerous good reports" about residential schools were being discounted due to "wokeism."
In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission estimated that between 4,000 and 6,000 children died in residential schools. Causes of death included physical abuse, malnutrition, disease and neglect. Others died by suicide, or by trying to escape the schools.