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182 unmarked graves found at third former residential school
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Another First Nation is reporting the discovery of unmarked graves near the site of a former residential school, St. Eugene’s Mission School.
It follows two other reports of similar massive findings at two other such church-run schools, one of more than 600 unmarked graves at the former Marieval Indian Residential School and another of 215 bodies at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.
The community of ʔaq’am, also known as St. Mary’s band, situated within the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa Nation near Cranbrook, British Columbia, located 182 unmarked graves in 2020 using ground penetrating radar. It is close to the former St. Eugene’s Mission School, which was operated by the Catholic Church from 1912 until the early 1970s.
But it only recently notified the nearby Lower Kootenay First Nation about the find.
Cranbrook is 524 miles east of Vancouver
“In the ground search conducted by the community of ʔaq’am, the findings revealed 182 human remains in unmarked graves,” said a news release from Lower Kootenay shared with APTN News Wednesday. Some unmarked graves were about 3 feet deep, it said.
“It is believed that the remains of these 182 souls are from the member Bands of the Ktunaxa nation, neighbouring First Nations communities, & the community of aqam.”
Chief Jason Louie of the Lower Kootenay Band, which is also a member of the Ktunaxa Nation, called the discovery “deeply personal” since he had relatives attend the school.
“Let’s call this for what it is,” Louie told CBC radio in an interview. “It’s a mass murder of Indigenous people."
Nazis were held accountable for their war crimes. I see no difference
in locating the priests and nuns and the brothers who are responsible
for this mass murder to be held accountable for their part in this
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