(NOQReport) – 215 pairs of children’s shoes set up in Vancouver as tribute after residential school discovery Remains from hundreds of children have been found at a long-since closed Canadian boarding school, an indigenous group said Thursday. The school was one of many places where the Canadian government took indigenous children who had been removed from their families for forced assimilation.
The remains were detected near the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, which opened in 1890, reports the Toronto Star. Although no remains have been excavated, ground-penetrating radar shows some of the children were as young as 3 years old when they died.
Chief Rosanne Casimir of the Tk’emlups te Secw pemc First Nation responded in a statement Thursday, saying: “Given the size of the school, with up to 500 students registered and attending at any one time, we understand that this confirmed loss affects First Nations communities across British Columbia and beyond.”
Kamloops, which was operated by the Catholic Church and then by the state in its final years, was one of many boarding schools the Canadian government forced indigenous children to attend, reports the Associated Press . The schools took in more than 150,000 kids, and as many as 6,000 of […]
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