A Saskatchewan First Nation Says It Has Found 'Hundreds' Of Bodies In Unmarked Graves
The First Nation announced it had found 751 graves as of June 23.
Just weeks after an unmarked mass grave was found on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan announced it has made another, even larger discovery of its own.
In a media briefing on Thursday morning, Chief Cadmus Delorme of the Cowessess First Nation said that 751 unmarked graves had been found at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.
Horrific discovery of more children's remains and unmarked graves.\n\nChildren that were stolen from their families.\n\nRipped out of their communities.\n\nCanada must acknowledge the truth. \n\nThis is genocide.\n\nReconciliation demands not looking away.\n\nReconciliation demands justice.https://twitter.com/perrybellegarde/status/1407842334050557958\u00a0\u2026— Jagmeet Singh (@Jagmeet Singh) 1624495658
The school, which was operated by the Catholic Church, ran from 1899 until its closure in 1996.
Several leaders in Saskatchewan and across Canada have reacted to the news, including NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, who tweeted that Canada needs to accept the truth that this "horrific discovery" is the result of an act of genocide.
On Tuesday, it was announced that the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FISN) in Saskatchewan will receive $4.8 million in funding from the federal government to uncover and commemorate mass graves at former residential schools in Saskatchewan.
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