Published: Thu, June 24, 2021
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Hundreds more unmarked graves found at Canada school after previous grim discovery

Hundreds more unmarked graves found at Canada school after previous grim discovery

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.

National chief of Canadian advocacy organisation Assembly of First Nations, Perry Bellegarde, said on Wednesday that the latest discovery was "absolutely tragic, but not surprising".

The Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan says it has found hundreds of unmarked burial sites near a former residential school. Marieval was run by the Roman Catholic Church until Cowessess First Nation took over its operations in 1981.

"I urge all Canadians to stand with First Nations in this extremely hard and emotional time".

The archbishop said he has reached out to the "local Indigenous community" to establish what practical measures the church can put in place to help with reconciliation.

For many, the schools have left lasting scars and trauma that has been passed down from one generation to the next.

The FSIN said "the number of unmarked graves will be the most significantly substantial to date in Canada".

A Canadian indigenous group announced on Wednesday the "horrific and shocking discovery" of hundreds of unmarked graves at the site of a former residential school, just weeks after the discovery of other children's remains shook the country.

"Our government is committed to working collaboratively with residential school survivors, families, Indigenous leadership and communities, Elders and Knowledge Keepers, and the federal government to support this very important and necessary process of truth-telling and healing that will help us move towards reconciling these historic wrongs", Clarke said.

Cowessess Chief Cadmus Delorme and FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron are scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday morning to provide more details of the findings.

Clark said he has attended the annual Cowesses First Nations Christmas supper for Saskatoon band members and seen the vibrancy and warmth of the community.

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