FSIN says hundreds of unmarked graves found at residential school site

  • FSIN says hundreds of unmarked graves found at residential school site

FSIN says hundreds of unmarked graves found at residential school site

The school was turned over to the Cowessess First Nation in 1987, and it was closed 10 years later.

The City of Saskatoon's flags will be lowered to half-mast at 9 a.m. on Thursday to honour the children found in unmarked graves at the former Marieval Indian Residential School on Cowessess First Nation.

"We affirm our commitment to collaborate in finding the truth and will assist in the process in whatever way we can", Sister Marie Zarowny, president and board chair of the Sisters of St. Ann, said in the statement. "It is of the utmost importance to us to contribute, in any way possible, to transparency and accessibility, and participate in activities that can lead to healing and reconciliation".

Kenney said Alberta was home to more residential schools than any other province.

The Tk'emlups te Secwepemc could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Marieval Indian Residential School operated from 1899 to 1997 in the area where Cowessess is now located, about 140 kilometres east of Regina.

The recent finding of what are believed to be 215 children's remains buried at the site of a Kamloops, B.C., residential school has magnified interest in the troubling legacy in both the USA and Canada.

MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee said in the news release that the last few weeks have been hard for residential school survivors and their descendants due to the discovery of these unmarked graves.

Last month the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in B.C. announced the discovery of a burial site adjacent to the former Kamloops Indian Residential School that preliminary findings indicate contains the remains of 215 children.

The Royal BC Museum says staff will work with the IRSHDC, as a neutral third party, to audit the SSA holdings after July 1, when the agreement will take effect.

The history and dialogue centre and National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation will also work with the signatories to ensure transparency.

Speeding access to the records for Indigenous communities is a positive step along that path, he added.