Remains of 215 Children Found at Former Indigenous School Site in Canada

  • Remains of 215 Children Found at Former Indigenous School Site in Canada

Remains of 215 Children Found at Former Indigenous School Site in Canada

"I was so triggered and heartbroken and completely taken aback, because I know of this in so many instances", Tamara Bell said in an interview.

The chief of the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation says the past few days have been hard, as leaders inform their elders about the 215 remains of children found at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops.

She described the discovery as "an unthinkable loss that was spoken about but never documented at the Kamloops Indian Residential School".

"I think it speaks to those stories of those children who said, 'There were always stories of these burials, and whatever happened to this kid who went missing in a supposedly random way, '" he said. Bell said she woke up early, cried, composed herself, and came up with a plan.

Its preliminary findings are expected to be released in a report next month, she said.

A horrifying discovery at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

Chief McLeod said that Upper Nicola is setting up support teams in the community for anybody who may need help.

He said they discussed what the best way forward would be to continue the search and provide supports to the Tk'emlúps nation and those who may have lost a loved one.

McLeod said the discovery of the remains brought back memories of his time at the school.

"I didn't want it to be just another Facebook post".

The school opened in 1890, changed hands in 1969 from the Catholic Church to the federal government, then closed in 1978.

"I'm a mom, and I can't imagine my child dying at school".

The Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc Nation said it was engaging with the coroner and reaching out to the home communities whose children attended the school. "And it will be so much better when we're all united, working together to ensure we're there for our citizens", said McLeod.

Trudeau wrote in a tweet that the news 'breaks my heart - it is a painful reminder of that dark and shameful chapter of our country's history'.

Bishop Joseph Nguyen expressed his "deepest sympathy" on behalf of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kamloops to Casimir and the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc First Nation.

Richard Jock, the authority's CEO, said the legacy of colonialism leads to modern-day trauma and health issues in Indigenous communities.

"This particular event may be seen as historical but it's also a continuous trend, I would say, of this power imbalance, if you would, that creates these issues for First Nations people".

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said what has been found "is the reality of the genocide that was, and is, inflicted upon us as Indigenous Peoples by the colonial state".

"This is the beginning but, given the nature of this news, we felt it important to share immediately", Casimir added.

In 2008, the Canadian government formally apologized for the system.