RCMP have spent years investigating abuse allegations at Manitoba residential school

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Mounties say they have been conducting a large-scale, years-long investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at a residential school.

RCMP say officers with the major crime unit began looking into the Fort Alexander Residential School, northeast of Winnipeg, in 2010 and a criminal investigation was launched the following year.

The investigation has involved reviewing archived records of the school, including student and employee lists, and interviewing more than 700 people across North America.

Mounties say they’ve now collected 75 witness and victim statements and are awaiting on advice from the province’s Crown prosecutors regarding charges.

So far, no charges have been laid.

RCMP say it’s the only investigation into residential schools currently underway in Manitoba.