Remains of 215 children found at former indigenous school in Canada

Tk'emlups confirms bodies of 215 children buried at former Kamloops Indian Residential School site

Canada leader don react to di discovery of one mass grave wey contain di deadi bodi of 215 children inside one former residential school.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, the president of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC), said in a statement Friday there were "no words" to express the grief that First Nations people felt at the announcement - and they mourn with the Tk'emlups te Secwépemc and the families of the children who were lost.

"It's a harsh reality and it's our truth, it's our history", Chief Casimir said at a news conference. "To me, it's always been a frightful, disgusting history".

According to the Canadian Press, some of the children were as young as three. The system went into decline during the 1970s, with the last school closing in 1996.

She said she'd grown up hearing stories of children dying at residential schools, and that it brought back memories of her mother, who had attended a residential school. It found that in many cases, families never learned the fate of their offspring, who are now known as the missing children.

Survivors started calling her Thursday when the discovery was made public, saying they can't sleep because the reports triggered awful childhood memories, she said.

The Kamloops Indian Residential School operated from 1890 until 1978 and was the largest school in the Indian Affairs residential school system. "The passage of time does not erase the suffering".

In 2008, the Canadian government formally apologised for the system.

Di landmark Truth and Reconciliation report, wey comot for 2015, said di residential school policy na "cultural genocide". The use of Indigenous languages was banned at the schools, sometimes through the use of violence, as were Indigenous cultural practices.

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Geraldine Bob, a former student, told the commission that the staff members "would just start beating you and lose control and hurl you against the wall, throw you on the floor, kick you, punch you". "That is what our commitment is", she said.

She said that the radar scanning is not yet complete.

"Given the size of the school, with up to 500 students registered and attending at any one time, we understand that this confirmed loss affects First Nations communities across British Columbia and beyond", the statement read. He asked the federal government to work with Indigenous groups on researching the fates of missing children.

Justin Trudeau said in a message posted to social media that the discovery is "a painful reminder of that dark and shameful chapter of our country's history".

The discovery was announced on Thursday by the chief of the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc First Nation. "We sought out a way to confirm that knowing out of deepest respect and love for those lost children and their families, understanding that Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc is the final resting place of these children".

British Columbia Premier John Horgan said he was "horrified and heartbroken" when he learned of the burial site.

Canada minister of indigenous relations, Carolyn Bennett, say residential schools na part of our "shameful" colonial policy.

"Really, I think what needs to occur is perhaps some sort of discovery and perhaps some forensics about who these children were, where are they from if that's possible", he said in an interview from Prince George. "It is definitely an honor to be taking care of these children".

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