‘Hundreds of unmarked graves’ found at former residential school in Saskatchewan

‘Hundreds of unmarked graves’ found at former residential school in Saskatchewan

‘Hundreds of unmarked graves’ found at former residential school in Saskatchewan

Premier Brian Pallister, along with Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke, made the announcement in a news release on Monday.

The City of Saskatoon's flags will be lowered to half-mast at 9 a.m. on Thursday to honour the children found in unmarked graves at the former Marieval Indian Residential School on Cowessess First Nation.

"All or most of those sites must have graves close to them", he said.

They are asking the media to be respectful of survivors, descendants and the communities affected by the discovery.

"Manitoba wishes to do its share in recognizing, reconciling, and healing".

Additional mental-health support and resources for Indigenous people are available here.

Chief Rosanne Casimir of the Tk'emlups te Secwépemc First Nation said at the time the discovery was an "unthinkable loss that was spoken about but never documented at the Kamloops Indian Residential School".

An order of Catholic nuns whose members worked at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia says it has reached an agreement to improve access to its private archival records, following mounting calls for transparency.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced Tuesday that Washington will investigate its role in the boarding schools and work to uncover the truth about the loss of human life and the lasting consequences of policies that took hundreds of thousands of children from their families and communities.

"Alberta's government wants to do its part to help First Nations do that critical work".

"Our citizens are knowledgeable and can provide the right guidance to complete this work with partner organizations in a respectful and culturally appropriate way", Dumas said.

The Marieval Indian Residential School closed in 1997 after operating for almost 100 years. There were also 114 day schools across the province.

The search for unmarked graves at the sites of former residential schools in Saskatchewan has led to what the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is calling a "horrific and shocking discovery".

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