Demand a nationwide search for unmarked graves at Canadian residential schools

*Photo from the Canadian Encyclopedia*

Last week's discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children in the territory of the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation on the grounds of Kamloops Indian Residential School is not an isolated incident.

Undocumented deaths and hidden burials are a brutal legacy of Canada's residential school system, which forcibly separated more than 150,000 First Nations children from their families and subjected them to abuse and rape.

This program, supported by federal governments and Canadian churches from the 1870s to the 1990s, was described by 2015's Truth and Reconciliation Comission as a "cultural genocide".

Official registries only recorded a portion of the deaths that were long suspected at Kamloops Indian Residential School. The Tk'emlúps community tried for nearly 20 years to find additional unmarked graves but were only recently able to afford ground-penetrating radar which revealed the site.

Grand chief Stewart Philip, president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, has joined calls from other Indigenous leaders for the Canadian government to commit to searching for graves on school sites. "It's absolutely essential that there be a national programme to thoroughly investigate all residential school sites in regards to unmarked mass graves."

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