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Canada Is Spending Millions To Help More Communities Find Residential School Victims

The money will be given out on an "urgent basis."

Canada is promising money for Indigenous communities to conduct searches at residential school sites in Canada.

The searches would be similar to the one that uncovered the remains of 215 children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

In a press conference on June 2, Carolyn Bennett — Canada's minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations — announced that $27 million would be made available on an "urgent basis" for communities interested in conducting burial site searches.

The funds were first announced back in the 2019 budget, but Bennett said Indigenous communities would receive details as of June 2 on how to access the money.

"Communities wanted to do this work themselves. They are very clear that this has to be Indigenous-led, community-based, survivor-centric and culturally sensitive, and that they want access to the funding for research, for archaeological expertise," Bennett said. "That's what we are prepared to do."