May 20, 2022

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Canada: More anonymous graves are found in former schools for indigenous peoples

An aboriginal community Canada The discovery of 54 was announced on Tuesday Graves Two former Catholic residential colleges for Native citizens without ID, in addition With the growing number of pits, its discovery created a scandal This shocked the North American country last year.

“Canadians still can not believe how we treated one man, another man, especially a child,” said Ted Quessons, who led the search. Graves In the territories of the first nation of Kyrgyzstan, in the province of Saskatchewan (center).

Questionnaire, who presented the results of the investigation at a press conference, led a search using radar that penetrated the ground near the residential colleges of Fort Belle and St. Philip.

Both were run by the Catholic Church on behalf of the federal government: St. Philip from 1905 to 1913 and Fort Belle for four decades (1928 to 1969).

Lee Kitschemonia, a leader of the tribal community, suggested the children were “you know, may have been killed” and said an investigation was needed.

His community is facing a “very difficult time” in integrating these findings. “It simply came to our notice then Graves There, “he added.

“Shock and Frustration”

The province’s premier, Scott Moe, wrote on his Facebook account: “Saskatchewan condoles with you, while Kiezy’s First Nation is experiencing the same shock and despair as other first nations across the country.”

Shedding light on a dark side of Canadian history, more than 1,300 unmarked graves were found in schools that carried indigenous children as part of a government policy that forcibly integrated official Canadian culture and religion.

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About 150,000 tribal, mestizo and Eskimo children were forcibly enrolled in 139 boarding schools. CanadaA place where they are separated from their families, language and culture.

According to a 2015 report, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission called the “cultural genocide” thousands of deaths from malnutrition, disease or neglect. Others were physically or sexually abused.

In early January, Canada Announced a $ 31.5 billion settlement to reform its discriminatory child welfare system and provide compensation to tribal families affected by it.

(With information from AFP)

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