Latest First Nations discovery reveals 182 unmarked graves at Canadian school.

A First Nations community in western Canada has discovered the remains of nearly 200 people on the grounds of a former residential school, adding to the growing tally of unmarked graves across the country.

The Lower Kootenay Band said on Wednesday that ground-penetrating radar had revealed 182 human remains at St Eugene’s Mission residential school, near the city of Cranbrook, British Columbia. Some of the remains were buried in shallow graves only three and four feet deep.

“It is believed that the remains of these 182 souls are from the member Bands of the Ktunaxa Nation, neighbouring First Nations communities and the community of Aq’am,” the Lower Kootenay band said in a statement.

From the 19th century until the 1990s, more than 150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend state-funded schools in an campaign to forcibly assimilate them into Canadian society. Abuse was rife at the schools where thousands of children died of disease, neglect and other causes.

The finding at St Eugene’s adds to the growing list of unmarked graves. Last week, the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan announced the discovery of 751 possible unmarked graves. Last month, the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc announced they had found 215 unmarked graves, most of which are believed to be children.

“You can never fully prepare for something like this,” Chief Jason Louie of the Lower Kootenay Band, told CBC News.

Industrial school

The school opened in 1890 and became an industrial school in 1912. According to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, it was the site of recurring outbreaks of influenza, mumps, measles, chicken pox and tuberculosis. In 1969, the federal government took over the operation from the Catholic church and shut it down.

Thousands of children attended St Eugene’, including 100 from the Lower Kootenay Band.

It was run by the Catholic Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, which operated 48 schools, including the Marieval Indian residential school at Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan and the Kamloops Indian residential school.

The Oblates have pledged to release all records associated with the schools, but have also cited privacy concerns as a hurdle.

Gap

Records list the deaths of 19 students at the institution, highlighting the gap between official figures and what many believe is a vast undercounting of the deceased.

“We need to know who died, we need to know how they died, we need to know who was responsible for their deaths or for their care at the time that they died,” Murray Sinclair, former head of the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, previously told the Guardian. “We need to know why the families weren’t informed. And we need to know where the children are buried.”

In 2000, the building was reopened as the St Eugene Resort, a golf course and casino operated by the Ktunaxa community of ?Aq’am, close to Cranbrook.

Amid growing calls for a papal apology over the Catholic church’s role in the schools, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) said on Wednesday that Pope Francis had agreed to meet Indigenous survivors at the Vatican. - Guardian

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