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Canada uncovers potential new mass burial at former school for Indigenous children


MOSCOW (Sputnik) – At least 66 other potential unmarked graves have been discovered at the site of a former boarding school for indigenous children in the westernmost Canadian province of British Columbia, media reported Thursday.

Schools of this type were created in Canada by the Indian Civilization Act of 1819 and existed until the 1960s to culturally assimilate Indigenous children by displacing them from their families and communities and forcibly suppressing their identities. , their native languages ​​and beliefs.

One of the local tribes found a potential burial site at the boarding school site 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from the town of Williams Lake. The school operated from 1886 to 1981 under the control of the Catholic Church and was later operated by the federal government, the broadcaster reported.

A look back at residential schools in Canada
More than 150,000 children have studied in such schools in Canada. At least 3,200 students have died as a result of abuse and lack of care in these boarding schools. In May 2021, the remains of 215 children aged three and older were found in British Columbia at the site of a former Indian residential school. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned the practice of creating such institutions and called it a “tragedy”.



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