Mass Grave of Indigenous Children

The remains of 215 children—some as young as 3 years old—have been found in a mass grave at a former residential school for Indigenous youth in British Columbia, the Vancouver Sun reports.
 
The Canadian government sent large numbers of Indigenous children to such schools as part of its forced assimilation policy. Many children never returned. 

Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation Chief Rosanne Casimir called the discovery an “unthinkable loss that was spoken about, but never documented by the Kamloops Indian Residential School.”

The school was operated by the Catholic Church from 1890 into the 1970s. 

The Kamloops tragedy is not an isolated incident, Indigenous leaders warn—noting that more than 130 such schools operated in Canada between 1874 and 1996. They are calling for investigations of all such former schools, the CBC reports.
 
More than 4,100 children who died while attending schools like Kamloops have been identified so far—evidence “of the violence the Canadian residential school system inflicted upon Indigenous peoples and how the consequences of these atrocities continue to this day,” B.C. Premier John Horgan said in a statement, according to the Vancouver Sun. 

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