Montreal, February 16, 2022 (AFP) – An indigenous community in Canada on Tuesday announced the discovery of 54 graves at two former Catholic boarding schools for indigenous people, adding to the number of graves whose discovery sparked a world-shaking scandal. .country since last year.
“Canadians still don’t believe that humans can treat other humans, especially children, the way we treat them,” said an emotional Ted Quewezance, who is leading the search for unmarked graves in the First Nation Keeseekoose region. , in the province. from Saskatchewan.
Quewezance, who presented the results of the investigation at a news conference, led a search using ground-penetrating radar near boarding schools in Fort Pelly and St Phillip. Both are run by the Catholic Church on behalf of the federal government.
Indigenous leader Lee Kitchemonia suggested that the children may have been killed, noting that further investigation was needed.
Provincial Prime Minister Scott Moe posted on Facebook: “Saskatchewan mourns you”, while First Nation Keeseekoose is experiencing “the same turmoil and despair as any other First Nation across the country”.
More than 1,300 unmarked graves have now been found near former “Indian housing schools” run by religious groups, revealing a dark chapter in Canada’s history and policies of forced assimilation. About 150,000 Indigenous children study in boarding schools in Canada, separated from their families and culture.
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