The remains of 215 children have been found on the basis of a former boarding school established more than a century ago to assimilate Canada’s indigenous tribes, according to a local tribe.
An expert used ground-penetrating radar to confirm the remains of students at a school near Kamloops in British Columbia, the Thak’Mlups Te Sequepec team said in a statement on Thursday.
“Some were as young as three years old,” said Chief Rosenne Casimir, who was told by school administrators of “unimaginable losses but never documented.”
Preliminary findings are expected to be released in a report next month, he said.
Meanwhile, the race is working with coroners and museums to shed more light on this frightening discovery and find no record of those deaths.
It is also reaching out to students from British Columbia and beyond.
“My heart goes out to the family and the community affected by this sad news,” Crown-Tribal Affairs Minister Caroline Bennett said in a tweet. “The government is helping them,” he said, “to honor a lost loved one.”
Kamalups Indian Residential School was established in the late 1st century. Boarding schools were the largest of the schools with 50,000 students enrolled and no one participating at one time.
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About 150,000 Indian, Inuit and Metis youths were forcibly enrolled in these schools, where they were physically and sexually abused by headmasters and teachers who separated students from their culture and language.
Today those experiences are responsible for the high incidence of poverty, alcoholism and domestic violence in their communities, as well as the high suicide rate.
A Truth and Reconciliation Commission found the names or information of at least 200,200 children who had died as a result of abuse or neglect while attending a boarding school. The exact number is unknown.
At 10:10 a.m., the principal at Kamalups School expressed concern that the federal funds were insufficient to feed the students, according to a statement from Takmapluk Te Sequevepak.
Ottawa formally apologized in 2008 for what the commission later called “cultural genocide” as part of a .9 1.9 billion (.6 1.6 billion) conspiracy with alumni.
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