Kamloop’s Indian Residential School was built in 1890 and was once the largest of the more than 100 religious boarding schools, which were part of the now abolished school system in Canada. In 1996, the last school was closed, and thus the system that had been compulsory in the country for more than a hundred years was also closed.
An estimated 150,000 children of various Indigenous Canadian groups are said to have been placed in schools against their will. According to a report from 2015, there have been systematic physical and sexual assaults in schools, with the aim of depriving children of their own language and traditions, Reuters reports.
The report states that more than 4,000 children died during school hours, but this should not include the 215 children who were recently found in the fenced area where the Kamloops Indian Residential School is located.
Discovered with help Special radar capable of scanning underground according to Statement by Tk’emlups te Secwepemc, one of the largest indigenous groups in British Columbia.
Group leader Rosanne Casimir says they have knowledge of the remains that can now be confirmed, but they still have “more questions than answers.”
– This is an unimaginable loss that has been talked about but not documented, she says.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau He writes on Twitter that the discovery is a “heartbreaking” and “a reminder of this dark and shameful chapter in our country’s history.”
Tk’emlups te Secwepemc will now, along with forensics and state investigators, investigate the mass grave in an effort to find out more about what happened to the children. A broader investigation into the events will be conducted within a month.