CanadaA memorial service was held on the anniversary of the discovery of the first graves of local children, whose names are not on official records, who lost their lives at a boarding church school where they were forcibly detained.
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.
The Governor-General of Canada, Mary Simon, who attended a local and daytime event, said: “You know about 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 has changed this society. ” 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 because of colonialism and the policy of assimilation in these schools, we have lost our culture, our language and our people. 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.
Ceremony In the area, incense is burned and prayers are said according to local tradition.
Prime Minister Trudeau was also present
The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau also joined the night service, which was held at sunset to commemorate the occasion.
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 indigenous 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.
The indigenous tribe of Penelakut, a southern Gulf archipelago in the same state, also announced on July 12, 2021 that more than 160 “unregistered and unmarked” graves had been found in the area surrounding 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 worst child abuse in Canadian history
The first of the church boarding schools, considered one of the “greatest places of child abuse in Canadian history”, opened in the early 1880s and closed in 1996.
In these schools, where more than 150,000 local children have been forcibly relocated from their families, most of the children have been 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 boarding church schools where thousands of children have died of hunger, cold and disease.