Jun 25, 2021
By Jane Brown
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls the findings a shameful reminder of the systemic racism, discrimination, and injustice that Indigenous peoples have faced.
Canadians learned Thursday Saskatchewan First Nation had discovered 751 unmarked graves at the site of a former residential “school” a month after the remains of 215 children were found at a similar site in Kamloops, British Columbia.
Chief Bobby Cameron is head of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations and says they will find more bodies and they won’t stop until they locate everyone who was killed by the state and the churches.
“The world is watching Canada as we unearth the findings of genocide. We had concentration camps here in Canada, in Saskatchewan, they were called Indian residential schools. Canada will be known as the nation who tried to exterminate the First Nations. Now we have evidence,” Chief Cameron said in a powerful speech.”
The facility where the most recent graves were found was built in 1899 by Roman Catholic missionaries.
80 year old Elder Florence Sparvier has told her story of being forced to attend that facility called Marieval Indian Residential “School” and has told her story.
“At that time if parents didn’t want to allow their children to go to boarding school, one of them had to go to jail. So in order to keep the family together we went to boarding school. They brought us there, we stayed there. And we learned. They pounded it into us, and really they were very mean. When I say pounding, I mean pounding,” Sparvier explained.