Posted 15 June 2021 - 08:19 AM
This is news from about two weeks ago, but I just saw someone mention last night that it hasn't really been covered much in mainstream US or Canadian news, and realized they were right. Not enough people know about this.
A mass grave containing the remains of 215 children has been found in Canada at a former residential school set up to assimilate indigenous people.
The children were students at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia that closed in 1978.
Canada's residential schools were compulsory boarding schools run by the government and religious authorities during the 19th and 20th Centuries with the aim of forcibly assimilating indigenous youth.
Kamloops Indian Residential School was the largest in the residential system. Opened under Roman Catholic administration in 1890, the school had as many as 500 students when enrolment peaked in the 1950s.
The Tk'emlups te Secwepemc First Nation said the remains were found with the help of a ground-penetrating radar during a survey of the school.
"To our knowledge, these missing children are undocumented deaths," Ms Casimir said. "Some were as young as three years old."
From about 1863 to 1998, more than 150,000 indigenous children were taken from their families and placed in these schools.
The children were often not allowed to speak their language or to practise their culture, and many were mistreated and abused.
A commission launched in 2008 to document the impacts of this system found that large numbers of indigenous children never returned to their home communities.
The landmark Truth and Reconciliation report, released in 2015, said the policy amounted to "cultural genocide".
The Missing Children Project documents the deaths and the burial places of children who died while attending the schools. To date, more than 4,100 children who died while attending a residential school have been identified, it says.
And yes, the US also had schools like this as late as the 1990s.
This isn't something that happened ages ago. Not even just "people who are still alive", but even "people who are younger than many of us" experienced this directly.
This has been steadily covered by German news, oddly enough.
Big thanks to my dad for playing along with this visual recreation.
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