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01 June 2021 - Remains of 215 children found at Indigenous residential school site

Publié par Marion Coste le 01/06/2021

What we know about how many children died at Canada's residential schools

Jeremiah Rodriguez (CTV News, 31/05/2021)

The distressing discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children at a former residential school in British Columbia has prompted many to question just how many lives ended at such institutions across Canada.

Experts say the actual total number depends greatly on locating burial sites, many of which remain unearthed.

Opened in 1893, the Kamloops Indian Residential School in school had once been the largest residential school in the country. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) previously listed a conservative tally of 51 children dying there.

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Walpole Island, Caldwell First Nations in Ontario honour children lost at former B.C. residential school

Jacob Barker (CBC News, 31/05/2021)

The Walpole Island First Nation and Caldwell First Nation in southwestern Ontario have joined groups across Canada in mourning the discovery of a mass grave at a former residential school site in Kamloops, B.C.

"There's no way to really explain how you feel," Robyn Perkins, acting chief of the Caldwell First Nation, told the CBC. 

"There are 215 babies and they were just discarded as if they didn't matter."

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Calls to find all Canada’s Indigenous mass graves after grim residential school discovery

Agencies (The Guardian, 01/06/2021)

Indigenous groups in Canada are calling for a nationwide search for mass graves at residential school sites after the discovery of the remains of more than 200 children at one former school last week shocked the country.

Prime minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday that searching for more mass graves was “an important part of discovering the truth” but did not make specific commitments.

“As prime minister, I am appalled by the shameful policy that stole Indigenous children from their communities,” Trudeau said.

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Unmarked graves prove Canada's genocide of Indigenous children

Daphne Bramham (Vancouver Sun, 31/05/2021)

This is what genocide looks like — a mass of unmarked graves with the bodies of 215 children as young as three, whose identities are unknown and whose deaths are undocumented.

It is our nation’s shame that they died after being taken from their families by the federal government and put into what was supposed to be the care of the Catholic Church over the 88 years that the Kamloops Indian Residential School operated, beginning in 1890.

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