Memorial service for Indigenous children whose graves have been found in Canada

The first mausoleum was held in the early morning light in the garden of Kamloops Boarding School, known as the largest boarding school in the country.

Participating in events that take place throughout the day and those who are local Canada Governor-General Mary Simon said, “You know the atrocities, the deaths, the disappearances and what happened here, now everyone knows. It shouldn’t have taken so long, but in the end people know and know. This society has changed.” Says

Simon says:

“You still don’t have time to mourn, to reconcile your heart. It will take time. I walked this country yesterday. I searched for words to express my fear, my pain. I felt the horror in the images that filled my heart with grief. , The pain and suffering suffered by every child here, the pain of losing the unconscious life of your family and community.The place of learning can be so unimaginable. “People have heard or understood that our culture, our language and our people have been lost because of colonialism and the policy of assimilation in these schools. We are still hurt.”

Noting that boarding church schools have a long legacy of guilt, shame, fear and anger, Simon said, “But no matter how much I get hurt, no matter how sorry I am, I can only end up with hope. Because there is always hope. “She is OK.

Incense is burned and prayers are offered in the ceremony area according to local tradition.

– Prime Minister Trudeau was also present

The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau also took part in the night service during the sunset of the commemoration ceremony.

At a meeting with Native leaders in Kamloops, Trudeau was greeted by locals singing hymns and drums.

Embracing the locals, one group told Trudeau, “Canada is a completely indigenous land. We don’t need your constitution.” He replied.

Kamloops Boarding School was run by the Catholic Church from 1890 to 1969. The school was run by the federal government from 1969 to 1978, when it was closed. More than 500 children from First Nations aboriginal communities across the province of British Columbia were forcibly removed from school, according to official records.

– The first tombs were discovered in 2021

The unregistered children’s graves in Canada’s Old Boarding Church School Garden came to light for the first time on May 29, 2021, with the remains of 215 children found in a school garden in Kamloops, British Columbia.

On June 24, 2021, a grave containing the remains of 751 children, which has not been officially recorded, was discovered in the garden of Saskatchewan’s Marvel Boarding School.

In the province of British Columbia, formerly St.. On June 30, 2021, an undeclared grave containing the remains of 182 children was discovered near Eugene Mission School.

An indigenous tribe of Penelakut in the southern Gulf Islands of the same state also announced on July 12, 2021 that more than 160 “unregistered and unmarked” graves had been found in the area belonging to the Cooper boarding school.

St. Williams Lake First Nation in British Columbia. Teams scanning 14 hectares of the 470-hectare area of ​​Joseph’s Mission Boarding Church School with Surface Radar have announced that 93 new graves have been discovered.

In a study conducted in the Keeseekose First Nation area of ​​Saskatchewan Province, Fort Pelli Boarding Church School area 42, st. Twelve unidentified graves have been found in the Philip boarding school area.

A search of 4 different areas of Gordon’s Boarding Church School in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan has resulted in the identification of 14 cemeteries that are not on official records.

– The largest child abuse in Canadian history

The first of the church boarding schools, considered “the largest child abuse site in Canadian history”, opened in the early 1880s and closed in 1996.

In these schools, where more than 150,000 local children were forcibly relocated from their families, most were subjected to physical, sexual and emotional abuse by priests, nuns and other teachers.

In addition to the abuse recorded by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission established in the country in 2010, it was determined that some children underwent medical examinations.

The Canadian federal government has officially apologized to the victims for what happened at the boarding church school, where thousands of children died of starvation, cold and disease.

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