Trudeau Says Canada Will 'Tell The Truth' Following Discovery Of 751 More Unmarked Graves

'Hundreds' of bodies were discovered at a former Saskatchewan residential school.

Trudeau Says 'We Will Tell The Truth' After Discovery Of 751 Unmarked Graves
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Justin Trudeau has responded to the news that 751 unmarked graves were found at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.

Sharing a short response on June 4, the prime minister described being "terribly saddened" by the discovery, before promising that Canada "will tell the truth about these injustices."

In a formal statement, Trudeau wrote, "I recognize these findings only deepen the pain that families, survivors, and all Indigenous peoples and communities are already feeling, and that they reaffirm a truth that they have long known."

"The hurt and the trauma that you feel is Canada's responsibility to bear," he added.

Earlier on Thursday, Chief Cadmus Delorme of the Cowessess First Nation revealed that 751 unmarked graves had been found at the site of the former residential school.

According to the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), this is the largest mass grave discovered in Canada to date.

This comes just weeks after a mass grave was discovered in Kamloops, B.C.

Making his own statement, FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron described the discoveries as "a crime against humanity [and] an assault on First Nations people."

"There are many sites that we're going to be doing this similar work and we will find more," Cameron said. "We will find more bodies and we will not stop until we find all of our children."

Helena Hanson
Senior Editor
Helena Hanson is a Senior Editor for Narcity Media, leading the Travel and Money teams. She previously lived in Ottawa, but is now based in the U.K.