The remains of 215 children, including some as young as three, were found in a large grave near a former residential school that was part of a nationwide effort in Canada to separate indigenous children from their families in an effort to assimilate them. he
The Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced the findings in a press release on Thursday. It said the remains were found after working with “Ground-penetrating radar expert” confirms mass graves at Kamloops Indian residential school
Chief Rosen Gasimir called this “Unthinkable loss” and said that even death has long been talked about. But the residential school never recorded these events.
“We know in our community that we can check. for our knowledge These missing children are undocumented deaths,” Gazimir said. “We searched for ways to ensure that we know the lost children and their families with deep respect and love, understanding that Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is the final resting place for these children.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the discovery was heartbreaking. by calling this “A painful reminder of our country’s dark and shameful history.
The lingering news of being found at the former Kamloops residential school heartbreaks me – a painful reminder of the dark and shameful chapter of our nation’s history. I am thinking of everyone affected by this distressing news. we are here for you https://t.co/ZUfDRyAfET
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 28, 2021
The Canadian residential school system is a compulsory boarding school for Indigenous youth and has been run by the church and the federal government for over 150 years during the 19th and 20th centuries.
School conditions are not good. Children are often not allowed to speak their own language and receive harsh penalties for doing so. Many were physically and sexually abused. where the officer is not responsible
In 2015, a National Center for Truth and Reconciliation report estimated that more than 150,000 children attended these schools, and more than 6,000 died, never returning home.
What happens at school is “Cultural genocide,” according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The report stated that a residential school “A systematic and government-sponsored effort to destroy Aboriginal culture and language. and to assimilate Aboriginal people so that they no longer become different nations.”
In 2008, the Canadian government made a formal apology to the First Nations and Indigenous communities for school and child treatment.
The school system began to shut down in the 1970s and Kamloops Indian Residential School closed in 1978, but the impact persists in today’s Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc community, Casimir said.
Thursday’s announcement was only the first preliminary discovery. Radar surveys of other areas School supplies are scheduled to continue and “hope to bring peace and cloaking to the lives of the bereaved and their home communities,” according to a statement by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.
When and how children That death still has to be determined. But the remaining preliminary results from the survey are expected to be released in mid-June.