Find at School Site a 'Horrifying Reminder' of Indigenous Abuse
May 29 2021
"Yesterday's discovery reflects a dark and painful chapter in our country's history".
Di central government take over administration of di school for 1969, and e operate as residence for local students until 1978, when dem close am down.
"This past weekend, with the help of a ground penetrating radar specialist, the stark truth of the preliminary findings came to light - the confirmation of the remains of 215 children who were students of the Kamloops Indian Residential School", said the community's Chief Rosanne Casimir.
Manny Jules, who was chief of the Tk'emlups for 16 years, said he wants an apology from the Catholic Church for its role in operating residential schools across the country.
Casimir said on Friday that more bodies may be found because there are more areas to search in the school grounds.
"As far we know dis missing children na deaths wey pesin no record", Ms Casimir tok. "To our knowledge, these missing children are undocumented deaths", Casimir said. She add join say, "some di bodi na of pikin wey dey as young as three years old".
"We sought out a way to confirm that knowing out of deepest respect and love for those lost children and their families, understanding that Tk'emlups te Secwepemc is the final resting place of these children".
Survivors started calling her Thursday when the discovery was made public, saying they can't sleep because the reports triggered disgusting childhood memories, she said.
British Columbia's chief coroner Lisa Lapointe told Canadian broadcaster CBC "we are early in the process of gathering information".
The remains of 215 children have been found buried on the site of the former residential school in Kamloops.
The discovery is a tragedy of "unimaginable proportions" and highlights the violence and consequences of the residential school system, Horgan said in a statement on Friday. The government was committed to "memorialising those lost innocent souls", she said.
In a statement, British Columbia Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee called finding such grave sites "urgent work" that 'refreshes the grief and loss for all First Nations in British Columbia'.
They are working with the community and partners such as the BC First Nations Health Authority, to provide resources and the support needed as determined by the community, the ministers said.
From about 1863 to 1998, more than 150,000 indigenous children na im dem snatch comot dia families and put inside dis schools dem.
The Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc Nation said it was reaching out to the home communities of the victims.
Dem no go allow di children to speak dia own language or practise dia culture, and dem maltreat and abuse many of dem.
A commission launched in 2008 to document the impacts of this system found that large numbers of indigenous children never returned to their home communities.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded in 2015 that residential schools were a program of "cultural genocide".
"Di tori say na ontop di former Kamloops residential school dem find di deadi bodi break my heart", Oga Trudeau write inside tweet.
Unlike other religious groups that operated the residential schools, the Catholic Church has refused to formally apologize for abuses that occurred within them. "Everyone who's had children that attended this school", Casimir described.