Alleged graves in Indigenous schools across Canada invite search for answers

TK’EMLÚPS TE SECWÉPEMC, British Columbia—A year after evidence of burials was discovered in an orchard next to a former residential school for Indigenous children, Canada still grapples with its legacy of forced assimilation, as Indigenous families continue to search for answers.

The detection of the alleged graves by ground-penetrating radar in this Western Canadian Indigenous community in May 2021 sparked outrage and grief across Canada. He also renewed his efforts to excavate the grounds of other former boarding schools. In the past year alone, Indigenous communities have provided information on more than 1,000 possible unmarked graves at or near school sites.


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