Remains of 215 children found at abandoned school in Canada
Published: 06:19 PM, 29 May 2021 Updated: 06:22 PM, 29 May 2021
Children had been subjected to brutal abuse, rape, malnutrition and cruelty in Canada’s residental school; Photo: Collected
Huge mass graves have been found at the site of a former residential school for indigenous children in Canada. The bodies of at least 215 children, including three-year-old children, were found there.
According to the BBC, the children were students of Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia that closed in 1978.
Information about the mass grave at the school site came to highlight for the first time on Thursday.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called this a “shameful chapter in the country’s history.”
The remains were found with the help of a ground-penetrating radar specialist. “We had a knowing in our community that we were able to verify,” Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Chief Rosanne Casimir said in a statement. “At this time, we have more questions than answers.”
This “cultural genocide” has occurred due to the forcible separation of Indigenous students from the residential school system in Canada. There has been a six-year investigation into this defunct system.
It is known that children have been subjected to brutal abuse, rape, malnutrition and cruelty in this residential school. 150,000 children who attended the school had to go through this barbarism. The school was run by the Christian Church on behalf of Ottawa from 1840 to 1990.
It found more than 4,100 children died while attending residential school. However, the remains of 215 newly found children have not been added to the death toll.
“Breaks my heart - it is a painful reminder of that dark and shameful chapter of our country's history,” Trudeau wrote in a tweet.
In 2008, the Canadian government formally apologized for the system.