More than 750 unmarked graves have been found at a field near the former Marieval Indian Residential School for indigenous children in Canada.
The discovery was made in the days after Indigenous leaders began radar searching the school grounds on June 1, Cowessess Chief Cadmus Delorme said yesterday.
The revelation once again cast a spotlight on a dark chapter in Canada’s history, and revived calls on the Pope and the Church to apologise for the abuse suffered at the schools, where students were forcibly assimilated into the country’s dominant culture, AFP reported.
“This is not a mass grave site. These are unmarked graves,” Cowessess First Nation Chief Cadmus Delorme said.
“The world is watching Canada as we unearth the findings of genocide. We had concentration camps here, we had them here in Canada, in Saskatchewan. They were called Indian residential schools. Canada will be known as a nation who tried to exterminate the First Nations, now we have evidence,” Bobby Cameron, head of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in said.