The remains of 215 children were found last month buried in unmarked graves at a former residential school, one of more than 150 institutions in a defunct system that for well over a century forcibly separated Indigenous children from their families to assimilate them into Canadian society.

The graves, which were discovered with ground-penetrating radar last month, are believed to be undocumented, said Chief Rosanne Casimir of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, who announced the discovery May 27. Searchers acted on a “knowing in our community” to look for the unmarked graves, she said.

The commission identified more than 4,100 children who died while in residential schools. The true number of victims may never be known because of incomplete or missing records.

 

Read More: NBC, 3 June 2021

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