The Penelakut tribe in British Columbia stated that more than 160 unmarked graves have been found in the latest discoveries since May.
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More than 160 “undocumented and unmarked tombs” were discovered in a former site. boarding school On the west coast of Canada, an indigenous community announced that the number of graves related to forced assimilation agencies continued to increase.
The Penelakut tribe said in a statement shared On social media, these tombs were found on their territory, where the Cooper Island Technical School operated from 1890 to 1975.
“It is impossible to overcome genocide and human rights violations. Healing is a continuous process, sometimes it goes well, sometimes we lose more people because of too much burden,” the tribe’s statement reads, lie in The southern bay islands between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia.
“Because of these acts of genocide, we are at another point in time where we must face trauma. Every time we do this, it is possible to heal more. Courage is not without fear, courage is acting in fear,” it continued. .
The grave is the latest in a series Similar recent findings In former boarding schools across Canada, these institutions were created to eliminate Aboriginal culture and forcibly assimilate Aboriginal, Metis, and Inuit children.
Between the late 1800s and the 1990s, more than 150,000 indigenous children were forced to enter these institutions. They are prohibited from speaking their language and practicing their beliefs, separated from their brothers and sisters, and subjected to extensive physical, psychological, and sexual abuse. Thousands of people are believed to have died.
Since late May, preliminary investigations, usually using ground penetrating radar technology, have found unmarked graves in British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Call for accountability From the Canadian government and the Roman Catholic Church that runs daily operations in most institutions.
In 2015, a Federal Investigation Commission called the Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded that Canada had committed “cultural genocide” through its boarding school system and issued a series of calls to action in response to historical and ongoing issues. harm.
Foremost among them is that the Aboriginal communities of Ottawa provided sufficient funds and support to find unmarked graves in these locations.
Aboriginal communities, which have been shaky since the outbreak 215 remains of indigenous children found for the first time At the Kamloops Indian Boarding School in British Columbia in late May, the Catholic Church also called on all records related to the boarding school.
Other indigenous community leaders have Request criminal charges Accused against the federal government, the church, and any personal abuser who is still alive.
Canada formally apologized to the boarding school in 2008.
But indigenous advocates say the government has failed to implement most of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action, and they also stated that the current policy Continue to harm indigenous children disproportionately in Canada.