KAMLOOPS, British Colombia (AP) – The remains of 215 children, some as young as 3, were found buried on the website of Canada’s largest indigenous housing school, one of the institutions that detained children from Various families, countries.
First Nation’s Tk’emlups te Secwépemc chief Rosanne Casimir said in a press release that the remains were confirmed last weekend with the help of ground-penetrating radar.
More bodies may be found because there is more room to search on the school grounds, Casimir said Friday.
In an earlier release, she called Discovery “The unthinkable loss that has been spoken of But it is never recorded at Kamloops Indian Residential School. ”It was once the site of Canada̵7;s largest residential school.
From the 19th century to the 1970s, more than 150,000 children of the first nation were enrolled in state-funded Christian schools as part of a program to integrate them into Canadian society. They were forced to convert to Christianity and were not allowed to speak in their native tongue. Many were beaten and verbally abused, and as many as 6,000 people died.
The Canadian government apologized in parliament in 2008 and admitted the physical and sexual abuse of schools was rampant. Many students remember being flogged for speaking in their native tongue. They also lost contact with their parents and their traditions.
Indigenous leaders argue that a legacy of abuse and isolation is the root cause of the alcoholism and drug addiction epidemic rates in hotel reservations.
A report five years ago by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission said at least 3,200 children had died amid abuse and neglect and said at least 51 deaths were reported at Kamloops School. The only place between 1915 and 1963.
“This brings the problem of housing schools to reappear and the wounds of the genocide legacy of indigenous peoples,” said Terry Teegee, Assembly of First Nations regional head of British Columbia on Friday.
British Columbia Prime Minister John Horgan said he was “shocked and saddened” to learn the findings, calling it the tragedy of “unimaginable proportions” that highlighted the violence and its consequences. The follow-up of the residential school system
Kamloops School was in operation between 1890 and 1969 when the federal government took over from the Catholic Church and operated as a one-day school until it closed in 1969. 1978
Casimir said the death was believed to be undocumented, although the local museum archivist worked with the Royal British Columbia Museum to see if the death records could be found.
“With the size of a school of up to 500 students enrolled and attending at one time, we understand that this confirmed loss affects First Nations communities across British Columbia and beyond,” Casimir said in a statement. The first release was late Thursday.
The leader of the Tk’emlups community “accepts responsibility for caring for these missing children,” Casimir said.
Access to the latest technology allows real recording of lost children’s accounts and, hopefully, bringing some peace to life lost, she said in the release.
Casimir said the band staff were notifying members of the community and surrounding communities with children attending the school.
The National Health Service first called the discovery of the children’s corpse “extremely painful” and said on the website it posted “it will have a profound impact on the Tk’emlúps community and in the communities served by the Tk’emlúps community). This residential school “
The Authority’s CEO, Richard Jock, said the findings “illustrate the devastating and long-lasting impact that the housing school system can still have on people in their first lives, their families and their communities.”
Nicole Schabus, a law professor at Thompson Rivers University, said each of her first-year law students at Kamloops University spent at least one day in their former residential school talking to survivors about the The conditions they have to endure.
She said she did not hear survivors mention the unmarked grave area. “But they were all talking about the kids who didn’t make them.”
Australia also apologized for so-called Stolen Generations – thousands of Indigenous people were forced to part with their families as children under an assimilation policy that had lasted since 1974. Fri 1910 to 1970
Canada offers those who have been taken from their families to compensate over the years they attended residential schools. The proposal is part of the settlement.