182 unmarked graves found near former residential school outside Cranbrook, B.C.

Another Indigenous community in B.C. says ground-penetrating radar has found human remains near a former residential school.

Jun 30, 2021: Pressure for a papal apology for the Catholic Church’s role in residential schools is growing with the discovery of other unmarked grave sites near the location of a former residential school — this time near Cranbrook B.C. It’s unclear who was buried in the shallow graves, or how and when they died.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Lower Kootenay Band said remains of 182 people were found in unmarked graves close to the former St. Eugene’s Mission School near Cranbrook. 

The statement says the Aq’am community conducted the search in 2020. It also says the residential school operated from 1912 to the 1970s.

“Some of the findings had the human remains buried in shallow graves only three to four feet deep,” the statement says, explaining the Lower Kootenay Band is a member band of the Ktunaxa Nation.

“Many Lower Kootenay Band members were forced to attend the St. Eugene’s Mission School.”

About 100 band members attended that residential school, the statement says. 

Jun 4, 2021: WARNING: This story contains distressing details. Three former students of residential schools, including the one in Kamloops, B.C., talk about the violent abuse they faced and their reaction to the discovery of Indigenous children’s remains.

The announcement comes just over a month after the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced the remains of 215 children were found buried on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops. 

Weeks later, the Cowessess First Nation said 751 unmarked graves were found near a former residential school in Saskatchewan. 

About 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children attended residential schools. Families who resisted the system had children forcibly taken away by the RCMP.

The schools were known for overcrowding, poor sanitation, unhealthy food and menial labour. Harsh punishment was given to students who spoke their native language or took part in traditional ceremonies.

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/182-unmarked-graves-found-near-former-residential-school-outside-cranbrook-b-c-1.5491694

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