At least 54 unmarked tombs were found in another of the country’s indigenous schools.
Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan, Canada, have found at least 54 unmarked tombs in two former housing schools, in addition to the increasing tally of such burials that shocked the country last year.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Ted Kewezans, who is leading Keysee Couse’s first country to search for tombs using ground penetrating radar near Fort Perry and St. Philip’s residential school, revealed the findings.
“Canadians still can’t believe that humans can treat other humans, especially children, like us,” he said in tears.
This is the latest discovery in the wave that has sparked a national debate about the housing school system.
“Very difficult time”
The two schools were run by the Catholic Church on behalf of the federal government. From 1905 to 1913 it was St. Phillips, and from 1928 to 1969 it was Fort Perry.
Similar discoveries were made last year at several other boarding schools throughout Canada.
Prime Minister Lee Kickemonia suggested that the children “may have been killed” and said further investigation was needed.
He added that the community was facing a “very difficult time” before grasping the discoveries, “we passed by them (every day) and were unaware that there was a grave there. I added.
“Saskatchewan is mourning with you,” Saskatchewan Prime Minister Scott Moe said in a Facebook post.
From the late 1800s to the 1990s, a total of about 150,000 indigenous, Métis, and Inuit children enrolled in these housing schools established to force the assimilation of the country’s indigenous peoples.
Many students who spent months and years isolated from their families were physically and sexually abused by principals and teachers who stripped their culture and language.
The Truth Commission has recorded school abuse and the deaths of more than 4,000 students, primarily due to malnutrition, illness and suicide. In the 2015 report, this is called a “cultural slaughter.”
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https://www.trtworld.com/americas/canada-s-indigenous-community-finds-more-evidence-of-cultural-genocide-54795?utm_source=other&utm_medium=rss Indigenous Canadian communities are finding more evidence of “cultural slaughter”