215 bodies found buried at school for Indigenous children

Canadian Press/Rex

A mass grave containing the remains of 215 Indigenous children has been discovered on the grounds of a former residential school in the interior of southern British Columbia.

The grim discovery at the former school near the town of Kamloops was announced late on Thursday by the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc people after the site was examined by a team using ground-penetrating radar.

“We had a knowing in our community that we were able to verify. To our knowledge, these missing children are undocumented deaths,” said Rosanne Casimir, chief of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, in a statement…

The Kamloops Indian residential school was established in 1890 under the leadership of the Roman Catholic church, and closed in 1978.

Some of the remains belong to children as young as three years old, but the causes and timing of their deaths are not yet known. “At this time we have more questions than answers,” said Casimir.

The Kamloops Indian residential school was established in 1890 under the leadership of the Roman Catholic church, and closed in 1978.

I think we are the most corrupt, self-deluded species on this planet. Most of the others kill to survive. We kill for sport, we kill for holy wars. We kill for failure to obey some politician’s law. We kill foreigners, we kill based upon class, religion, kinship…and profit above all else.

We kill our children.

18 thoughts on “215 bodies found buried at school for Indigenous children

  1. Update says:

    Protesters on Sunday toppled a statute of Egerton Ryerson — one of the key figures behind Canada’s residential school system, which separated some 150,000 Indigenous children from their homes — amid growing anger over the Catholic Church’s refusal to issue an apology for its role in the abuse students faced. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/06/07/canada-residential-schools-pope-francis-egerton-ryerson/
    Pressure has also been mounting on the Catholic Church to issue a formal apology for its role in running schools such as Kamloops Indian Residential School and to hand over all the records that might help to identify unmarked burial sites and the students who died or went missing. The Church has so far refused to do so, despite a request from Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau at a meeting in 2017. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/05/02/pope-francis-wont-apologize-for-abusive-church-run-schools-in-canada-and-lawmakers-arent-happy/

  2. Update says:

    The US will search old federal boarding schools for the unmarked graves of Native American children, Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland said Tuesday, a project that will officially acknowledge the loss of life that has haunted tribal communities for more than 100 years.
    The announcement came at the National Congress of American Indians 2021 Mid Year Conference, where Haaland said the Department of Interior will prepare a detailed report using historical government records to identify possible burial sites. Between 1869 and the 1960s, more than 350 federal boarding schools forced thousands of Native American children from their parents to “culturally assimilate” them, and schools continued to operate in the decades after the government handed off control. Some children never returned home.
    The children who were placed in the schools in the US and Canada were forcibly kept away from their parents, and abuse was rampant. The children’s original language, culture, and customs were suppressed. In Canada, it’s estimated that at least 4,000 and as many as 6,000 children died at school. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/salvadorhernandez/us-indian-boarding-schools-graves

  3. p/s says:

    The Penelakut Tribe in British Columbia announced Monday that it had found more than 160 “undocumented and unmarked’ graves in the province’s Southern Gulf Islands, once home to the Kuper Island Residential School.
    The latest grim discovery follows other similar findings in British Columbia as well as in the province of Saskatchewan. https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/13/americas/canada-unmarked-indigenous-graves/index.html
    In a 1997 documentary posted on YouTube and produced with funding from the federal government, survivors of the Kuper Industrial School describe it as “Canada’s Alcatraz.” See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UW8gojr2HM

  4. Burqueña says:

    City Officials Plan To Search For Bodies At Site Of Former New Mexico Indian School : The defunct Alburquerque Indian School ran from 1881 until the 1980s and its grounds may hold 75 – 100 bodies. https://allthatsinteresting.com/albuquerque-indian-school
    Unlike the Canadian Indian Residential Schools, where the existence of bodies was at first only a rumor, city officials in Albuquerque have long known about skeletons on the grounds of the Albuquerque Indian School.
    A bronze plaque even marked the former cemetery in Albuquerque’s 4-H Park. But it wasn’t until the plaque went missing in July 2021 that indigenous advocates brought renewed attention to the cemetery.
    The Albuquerque Indian School was founded by the Presbyterian Church in 1881. Like schools around the United States and Canada, it aimed to “kill the Indian, save the man” by forcibly assimilating Native American children. The federal government took over the school in 1886 and oversaw its operations until the 1980s. https://www.abqjournal.com/2432703/work-to-begin-to-uncover-bodies-at-indian-boarding-school-burial-site.html

    • Update says:

      Inside the US push to uncover Indigenous boarding school graves
      Researchers say unmarked graves likely will be found at majority of boarding schools for Indigenous children across US. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/12/17/inside-us-push-to-uncover-indigenous-boarding-school-graves
      In June, following the discovery of hundreds of Indigenous child graves at Kamloops Indian Residential School in western Canada, US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland ordered a federal task force to investigate graves at the schools.
      Earlier this month, the Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition – the group that has pushed for six years for the government to release boarding school records – announced it would collaborate with the Department of the Interior on its investigation.
      The department is now consulting with Indigenous communities, including tribal governments, Alaska Native corporations and Native Hawaiian groups, on key issues to be included in its report, a spokesperson wrote in an email. The consultation will also lay a foundation for future site work to protect potential graves.
      “Topics being discussed include appropriate protocols on handling sensitive information in existing records, potential repatriation of human remains, and management of sites of former boarding schools,” the spokesperson wrote.
      The task force is expected to deliver a report by April 1 next year.

  5. Teachers says:

    “Canada’s ‘crying shame’: The fields full of children’s bones
    Indigenous survivors of Canada’s residential schools tell the stories of those who never made it out.” https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/11/21/canadas-crying-shame-the-fields-full-of-childrens-bones
    “…Marieval was one of 139 Indian Residential Schools attended by an estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis (mixed race) children in Canada. The first school opened in 1831 and the last one closed in 1996. The institutions – intended to erode Indigenous culture, language and family and community ties – were notorious for the neglect and abuse of the children who were forced to attend them. Thousands of Indigenous children died at the schools, with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada conservatively estimating between 4,000 to 6,000 deaths.”

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