/ 02 June 2021

Calls to find more mass graves

Canadian Indigenous groups are calling for a nationwide search for more mass graves after the remains of 215 children were found last week on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, which closed in 1978. From the 1880s to the mid-1990s, nearly 150,000 Indigenous children in Canada were forcibly separated from their families and sent to church-run schools. Like Australia’s Stolen Generations, many faced physical and sexual abuse. Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission unearthed shocking cases of neglect and abuse, including the deaths of 4,100 students at schools like the one in Kamloops. Following the grim discovery, PM Justin Trudeau said the search for more mass graves was “an important part of discovering the truth”, but he stopped short of making a commitment for a broader search.

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