Remains of 215 children found under former school

Remains of 215 children found under former school

Remains of 215 children found under former school

Those visiting the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday will see 215 pairs of children's shoes carefully laid across the gallery's steps-one pair for each of the 215 children whose remains were discovered last weekend, buried at the former site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

The remains of 215 children, including some as young as three, have been found in a mass grave on the grounds of a former residential school that was once part of a nationwide effort in Canada to separate Indigenous children from their families in an attempt to assimilate them. A Tk'emlups te Secwepemc release calls it "an unthinkable loss", though one the Indigenous community had long suspected-especially as it's not the only school that saw children die of neglect, abuse, and sicknesses like tuberculosis, while leaving many survivors disabled and chronically ill.

Kamloops Indian Residential School was the largest in the residential system.

A specialist used ground-penetrating radar to confirm the remains of the students who attended the school near Kamloops, British Columbia, the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc tribe said in a statement late Thursday.

"We always knew that this was happening there, but it was in our own minds, we had no proof other than our own experience", added Chief McLeod.

Justin Trudeau said in a message posted to social media that the discovery is "a painful reminder of that dark and shameful chapter of our country's history".

Kamloops Indian Residential School that operated from 1890 to 1969, was administered by the federal government from 1969 to 1978. "To our knowledge, these missing children are undocumented deaths", Casimir said.

The leadership of the Tk'emlups community "acknowledges their responsibility to caretake for these lost children", Casimir said.

The band has begun reaching out to other First Nations across Western Canada that might have had children sent to the school who never returned home. It is anticipated that preliminary findings will be completed by mid-June.

British Columbia's chief coroner Lisa Lapointe told Canadian broadcaster CBC "we are early in the process of gathering information".

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"This really resurfaces the issue of residential schools and the wounds from this legacy of genocide towards Indigenous people", Terry Teegee, Assembly of First Nations regional chief for British Colombia, said Friday.

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"That this situation exists is sadly not a surprise and illustrates the damaging and lasting impacts that the residential school system continues to have on First Nations people, their families and communities, " its CEO Richard Jock wrote in a statement.

Indigenous communities throughout Canada, ChiefCasimir said, had children who were forced into residential schools only to vanish. The Missing Children Project documents the deaths and the burial places of children who died while attending the schools.

The Canadian government apologized in Parliament in 2008 and admitted that physical and sexual abuse in the schools was rampant.

The National Truth and Reconciliation Commission has records of at least 51 children dying at the school between 1914 and 1963.

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