The Weekend Leader - Unmarked graves discovered near another Canadian indigenous residential school

Unmarked graves discovered near another Canadian indigenous residential school




The remains of 182 people have been found in unmarked graves around a another former indigenous residential school in Canada's British Columbia province, it was announced.

The Aq'am community, a member of the Ktunaxa Nation located near the city of Cranbrook, used ground-penetrating radar to find the remains close to the former St. Eugene's Mission School, the Lower Kootenay Band said in a statement on Wednesday.

The indigenous school was operated by the Catholic Church from 1912 until the early 1970s, reports Xinhua news agency.

The building has since been converted into a resort and casino, with an adjacent golf course.

"It is believed that the remains of these 182 souls are from the member Bands of the Ktunaxa Nation, neighbouring First Nations communities and the community of Aq'am," the band said in the statement.

The band said up to 100 of its members were forced to attend the school.

The finding followed the discovery of the estimated remains of 215 people at the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia and an estimated 751 unmarked graves near a site of the Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.

The community's leadership met with residential school survivors in the community before announcing the discovery and referred them to support.

The band said it is in the early stages of learning about the report's findings and will provide more updates.

About 150,000 indigenous children attended residential schools.

The schools were known for overcrowding, poor sanitation, unhealthy food and menial labour.

Harsh punishment was given to students who spoke their native language or took part in traditional ceremonies.-IANS

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