Tuesday, July 5

Hundreds of unidentified graves found in another boarding school for indigenous children in Canada



Indigenous groups have reported this Wednesday the discovery of hundreds of unidentified graves in a former boarding school for the forced assimilation of Indian population in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

The Cowesses First Nation in Saskatchewan and the Federation of Sovereign First Indigenous Nations (FSIN) have announced the discovery, which comes after recently another investigation has uncovered the mortal remains of hundreds of other children in a mass grave of this type of center.

Specifically, the discovery was made in what was the Marieval Indigenous Residential School between 1889 and 1997, and although the number of tombs discovered has not been specified, it has been warned that it is the largest to date, reports the Canadian media CBC.

The indigenous groups will offer a press conference this Thursday In which they will provide more details on the discovery that has occurred after in early June the Cowesses First Nation, which took over the Catholic Church cemetery in the 1970s, began searching for unidentified graves with a radar .

The head of the Assembly of First Nations, Perry Bellegarde, which brings together the country’s indigenous groups, has regretted the finding on its Twitter profile. “The news that hundreds of nameless graves have been found in Cowesses is absolutely tragic, but not surprising,” he noted.

“I urge all Canadians to support First Nations at this extremely difficult and emotional time,” he said.

They ask for research

Canadian indigenous groups have called for an investigation into all of the country’s former residential schools following the discovery last month of a mass grave with 215 indigenous children at the Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia, which operated between 1890 and 1978 under the auspices of the Catholic Church and later the Canadian Government.

For decades, thousands of children were separated from their families and placed in residential schools, where they had to learn the traditions of the European colonialists to forget their own culture and faced violence and sexual abuse.

A commission of inquiry concluded in 2015 that many of the minors never returned to their communities and thus recognized a “Cultural genocide.”

The Lost Children Project has so far identified more than 4,100 minors who died during their stay in boarding schools and many of them were buried in the school grounds themselves.

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