This is the third such discovery in a month Canada. A community said Wednesday that 182 anonymous graves have been found in the area where the former boarding school welcomes locals during the excavations at this time.
The discovery near the former St. Eugene dormitory school in Cranbrook, British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada, follows the discovery of 751 graves in a press release issued by the Indigenous community of Lower Cottenay. Remains of 215 schoolchildren in Saskatchewan (west) last week, and in the Cloops of British Columbia at the end of May.
Canada’s “Cultural Genocide”
The community of Lower Coutinho says that they conducted research in 2020 and erected these graves using geo-radars, near this former boarding school, which was managed by the Catholic Church on behalf of the Canadian government between 1912 and 1970. “Some of the remains were buried in graves 3 to 4 feet deep,” 90 to 120 centimeters, said the Cootene tribal community under the first nation of Ktunaxa.
“Everything Children Indigenous people between the ages of 7 and 15, by law, went to tribal boarding schools, where many of them received cruel and sometimes dangerous treatment, ”the report said.
This new discovery renews the trauma experienced by about 150,000 Amerindian, Medis and Inuit children, who were cut off from their families, their language and culture, and forcibly enrolled in 139 residential schools across the country until the 1990s. Many of them have been badly treated or sexually abused, and more than 4,000 have died there, according to the Commission of Inquiry, which concludes that this is a true “cultural genocide” in Canada.