Thursday, June 24, 2021

More Canadian Stolen Children Graves

 The story of Canada's stolen children continues.  

Remains of 215 children were found at a residential school run by the Catholic Church in British Columbia.

Now more unmarked graves of indigenous children at the site of a similar former residential school in Saskatchewan province.  The Marieval residential school operated from 1899 to 1997 in the Qu'Appelle Valley. Marieval was run by the Roman Catholic Church until Cowessess First Nation took over its operations in 1981.

The Cowessess First Nation began to use ground-penetrating radar to locate unmarked graves at the cemetery of the Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. The Cowessess called the discovery "horrific and shocking".

With 146 residential schools across Canada, there are likely more undiscovered burial sites. With records being either destroyed or withheld, many children who went to -- and died -- at Canada's residential schools are undocumented.

Niigaan James Sinclair, an Anishinaabe writer and associate professor at the University of Manitoba, says the new discovery of unmarked graves in Saskatchewan confirm stories told in the community for decades. 

"Every Indigenous community in this country has a story of lost children, has a story of children who went to the schools and never came home," he said.

Survivor Elizabeth Sackanay related the abuse she endured at St. Anne's Indian Residential School in Fort Albany, Ont. still haunts her to this day.

"What I went through in residential school, I wouldn’t want anyone to go through," Sackanay said . When she was at the school, Sackanay said kids used to disappear, sometimes overnight, and the priests would tell the other children that they had simply gone home. "How can they go home in the middle of the night?" she said. "When they are going to bed when you go to bed, and they’re gone in the morning?"

It's estimated that more than 150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend these state-funded schools where they were often subjected to physical and sexual abuse. Under the Indian Act, Indigenous people were forced by the Canadian government to attend residential schools, and the RCMP played a major role in what survivors call kidnappings

Sask. First Nation finds hundreds of burial sites near former residential school | CTV News

1 comment:

ajohnstone said...

751 unmarked graves have been detected