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World Canada in shock after the discovery of new native children's graves

13:16  25 june  2021
13:16  25 june  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Canada province launches search for unmarked indigenous graves

  Canada province launches search for unmarked indigenous graves Ontario announced Tuesday Can$10 million (US$8 million) to search for and look after unmarked graves of indigenous residential school students in the Canadian province, after burials were discovered elsewhere in the country. "Like all Ontarians, I was heartbroken by the tragic news that a burial site was found at a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia," Ontario Premier Doug Ford told a news conference. "We grieve for the 215"Like all Ontarians, I was heartbroken by the tragic news that a burial site was found at a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia," Ontario Premier Doug Ford told a news conference.

A mass grave containing the remains of 215 children has been found in Canada at a former residential school set up to assimilate indigenous people. The discovery was announced on Thursday by the chief of the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc First Nation . Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it was a "painful reminder" of a "shameful chapter of our country' s history". The First Nation is working with museum specialists and the coroner' s office to establish the causes and timings of the deaths, which are not currently known.

Unmarked graves containing the remains of 215 Indigenous children have been discovered on the grounds of a former residential school in the interior of southern British Columbia. It was part of a cross- Canada network of residential schools created to forcibly assimilate Indigenous children by removing them from their homes and communities, and forbidding them from speaking their native languages or performing cultural practices. Physical, emotional and sexual abuse were rampant within these institutions, as was forced labour.

Une équipe fait des recherches radar sur le terrain où on été découvertes 751 tombes d'enfants autochtones à proximité du pensionnat de Marieval dans la province du Sashkatchewan au Canada. © Via Reuters - FSIN A team does radar research on the ground where it was discovered 751 native children's graves near Marieval's boarding school in The province of Sashkatchewan in Canada.

The discovery of 751 anonymous graves near a former Aboriginal children's boarding school in Saskatchewan, Western Canada, revived a little more indignation against the injuries suffered by First Nations and Inuit in Canada. Especially more than another cemetery containing burials without names of children has been found a little less than a month ago in British Columbia.

The site of the boarding school for Aboriginal people of Marieval was managed by the Catholic Church until the 1970s. The majority of the tombs found would be those of children, but there would also be adults.

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A First Nation in Canada ’ s Saskatchewan province is treating a now-defunct residential school as a “crime scene” following the discovery of 751 unmarked graves just weeks after a similar discovery in British Columbia prompted a fresh reckoning over the country’ s colonial past. The children were forced to convert to Christianity and not allowed to speak their native languages. Many were beaten and verbally abused, and thousands died from disease, neglect and suicide. Cowessess First Nation said that the number of unmarked graves at the site is “the most significantly substantial to date in

Canada | In Canada , Another ‘Horrific’ Discovery of Indigenous Children ’ s Remains. An Indigenous group said the remains of as many as 751 people, mainly children , had been found in unmarked graves on the site of a former boarding school in Saskatchewan. Over the last two weeks, search teams used a ground-penetrating radar over a grave site near the former grounds of Marieval Indian Residential School, detecting the remains of as many as 751 people.Credit Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations .

"It was overwhelming, it was scary". Thus the Archbishop of Regina of the Province of Saskatchewan, Donald Bolen, qualified the discovery of more than 750 burials unidentified on the site of the former boarding school, on the territory of Cowessess First Nation. A place that was held by the Sisters of Our Lady of the missions of Lyon in France, then the Sisters of Saint-Joseph of Saint-Hyacinthe in Quebec.

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Monsignor Donald Bolen explained that gravestones were destroyed in the 1960s by Father Houblard in charge of this boarding school . "Father Houblard who was there, took a good bulldozer and removed the tombstones". A gesture that the President of the Catholic Bishops of Canada Conference, Archbishop Richard Gagnon, can not understand. "This cemetery should be considered a special place, a sacred place," he said.

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THE remains of 761 children have been found in a mass grave on the site of a former Indigenous boarding school in southern Saskatchewan, Canada .It com. The discovery - the largest to date - was made by the Cowessess First Nation on Thursday, who are continuing their mission to expose the exploitation and "cultural genocide" of their ancestors. After the finding at Kamloops, the community were spurred to expand their search efforts and again used the ground-penetrating radar to find the bodies.

An indigenous nation in Canada says it has found 751 unmarked graves at the site of a former residential school in Saskatchewan. The Cowessess First Nation said the discovery was "the most significantly substantial to date in Canada ". It comes weeks after the remains of 215 children were found Cities in the provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick have cancelled upcoming celebrations for Canada Day on 1 July in protest, and statues of figures involved with residential schools, including Canada ' s first Prime Minister John A Macdonald, have been vandalised

Across Canada, many Aboriginal people are calling for excuses from the Pope. The Archbishop of Regina who has already apologized on behalf of his diocese states that the Pope has planned to meet for several days an Aboriginal delegation of Canada this fall. "It's going to be a long trip, but you have to know the truth even if it's extraordinarily difficult."

Many political reactions

Several Canadian women and politicians have also shared their sadness, pain and shame to show aboriginal people that they support them, reports our correspondent in Montreal, Pascale Guéricolas . Several city mayors have put their flags in Bern, including Ottawa and Montreal to remember these children who died far from their parents.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau testified by his great sadness for indigenous communities and recognized that Canada is responsible for the immense pain and punishment they feel. In the eyes of the Minister of Relations with Aboriginal People, this discovery of anonymous graves is a shameful reminder of the systemic racism that this category of the population undergoes. The leader of the Quebec First Nations Assembly and Labrador, Ghislain Picard, pointed out for his part that the truth is finally manifested.

It has been several decades that survivors of Aboriginal residential schools are trying to make their voices heard to talk about their brothers and sisters or friends who have never seen their parents at the end of classes. The Aboriginal Women's Association of Canada hopes on its side that this reality is too long ignored.

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