More than 1,200 unnamed graves have been discovered this year in former forced assimilation institutes for indigenous children.
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Indigenous community leaders began looking for other unmarked graves at the site of a former Indigenous Children’s Boarding School near Toronto, Canada, such as call to find out the full range the abuses linked to the country’s ten-year system of “residential schools” continue.
The research began Tuesday at the former home of the Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford, Ontario, one of Canada’s oldest and longest-running institutions.
It is one of dozens of ongoing or planned research across the country following the discoveries of more than 1,200 nameless tombs this year in former residential schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan.
“This is the first step in our journey to bring our children home,” Mark Hill, elected head of the Grand River Six Nations, said at a news conference as reported by CBC News.
“While this will undoubtedly be a difficult process, the Six Nations hopes that we as a people can …
heal together by finally bringing our children home “, also stated the community in a declaration before Tuesday.
The Canadian government forced more than 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children to attend residential schools in the late 1800s and 1990s.
The children were deprived of their language and culture, separated from their siblings, sent hundreds of kilometers from home and subjected to psychological, physical and sexual abuse. Thousands of people are believed to have died.
A federal investigation into institutions, such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), concluded in 2015 that Canada’s residential school system commission is known for “cultural genocide.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has financial help promised and other support to help indigenous communities find more unmarked graves and address permanent damage to the system.
“We all need to know the history and legacy of residential schools. It is only by addressing these harsh truths and righting these wrongs that we can move forward together towards a more positive, fair and better future, “Trudeau said in a September 30 statement, the first time in Canada. National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
But indigenous supporters say the government has failed to implement most of the TRC’s calls-to-action and also say current policies continue to disproportionately harm indigenous children in Canada.
Indigenous communities, which have been faltering ever since the first discovery of 215 indigenous children remaining at Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia at the end of May, they are also asking the Catholic Church to publish all of its documents relating to residential schools.
Meanwhile, some leaders have been calling for that criminal charges be pitted against the federal government, the church, as well as every single molester still alive.
The search at the Mohawk Institute Residential School site began after months of planning, including police training of local First Nation community members to use ground-penetrating radar to scan approximately 500 acres (202 hectares) at the site. said Hill, the boss.
“We have finally gotten to this day where we are ready to start research,” he said.
“Survivors have been telling us for years the stories of what happened to them in so-called schools. This investigation and the important work that comes with it is for the survivors and is led by the survivors.
“For many, this day has been long awaited, but it also brings with it a hard memory of the atrocities that have been committed against our people in these institutions.”
Research and analysis of the results could take up to two years.
Brantford School in 1885 became part of a network of 139 residential schools opened across Canada. It is estimated that between 90 and 200 students were enrolled each year before it closed in 1970.