The remains of 215 children have been unearthed at a boarding school in Canada that was closed in 1978 after it was discovered that it was teaching indigenous children to assimilate.
The remains of 215 children were found at a boarding school in British Columbia, Canada, which was closed in 1978 after previous research revealed it was teaching indigenous children to assimilate. The remains of children under three were also found in the mass grave at Kamloops Boarding School.
“As far as we know, the deaths of these children have not been documented,” said Rosanne Casimir, leader of Tk’emlúpste Secwépemc, one of the largest indigenous groups in the region. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a Twitter post, “I am deeply saddened by the grave found at the school. This is a painful reminder of the dark and shameful period of our country’s history.”
Studies in recent years have found that indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families in Canada from the 19th century to the 1970s. Schools set up to ‘assimilate’ children were found to have subjected thousands of children to physical and psychological violence.