July 29, 2021

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Remains of 761 found in Canada’s former school district – VG

Discovery: There was a former school in this area where the remains of hundreds of aboriginal people have now been found. Most of them are children. Photo: Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Peoples / Guide / REUTERS

The remains of 761 people, most of them children, have been found in unmarked graves at a former boarding school in Canada, a tribal group says.

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The tomb was found at the Marywell Indian Residential School, a former boarding school in Saskatchewan, Canada.

– As of yesterday, we have found 751 unmarked graves. This is not about a mass grave, but about unmarked graves, says Cadmus Delorm, the leader of the tribe, according to news agency AFP.

The discovery comes just weeks after the remains of 215 children were found in unmarked graves at another former boarding school in the province of British Columbia.

The boarding school is located 140 kilometers east of the city of Regina. It was in operation from 1899 to 1997. New York Times He writes that he did not know how the children died, but that alumni talk about sexual abuse and physical and psychological violence, and that there were outbreaks.

Leader: The leader of the aboriginal people who made the discovery of Godmus Tellorm. Photo: Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Peoples / Guide / REUTERS

Canada says to learn

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the country must recognize the racist history of indigenous peoples to create a better future.

– We must acknowledge the truth together, learn from the past, and walk together on the path of reconciliation, he says.

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Trudeau describes recent discoveries as a shameful reminder of racism, discrimination and injustice.

Shame: As Justin Trudeau says, the country needs to learn from the history of its ancestors Photo: Sean Gilpatrick / The Canadian Press

Lots of violence

Barry Kennedy, the school’s former river, tells the broadcaster CBC he was shocked by the news, but not surprised.

“When I was studying at the Marival Indian Residential School, a young friend was dragged out one night when he was screaming,” he says, adding that he had never seen the boy again.

– His name is Brian. I want to know where Brian is, Kennedy says.

Talks about violence at school.

– We were introduced to rape. We introduced beating. We introduced things that were not normal to our families, he says.

Only the tip of the iceberg found the remains, Kennedy believes.

To be investigated

Canadian tribal groups have asked authorities to investigate all of the country’s former tribal schools.

More and more domestic leaders are expecting more innovations in the coming months.

“We will find the rest and we will not stop until we find all of our children,” said Bobby Cameron, chairman of the Committee of Sovereign Indigenous Peoples in the province of Saskatchewan, which represents several local groups.

Board schools for indigenous peoples in Canada were run by the Catholic Church. Schools were used by children to transform their own culture and to acquire Western culture. They operated from 1831 to 1996, and there were at least 130 schools in Canada.

More and more domestic leaders are expecting more innovations in the coming months.

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“We will find the rest and we will not stop until we find all of our children,” said Bobby Cameron, chairman of the Sovereign Indigenous Group in Saskatchewan, which represents several domestic groups.