Remains of 215 children found on ex-indigenous school premises in Canada

Tk'emlups confirms bodies of 215 children buried at former Kamloops Indian Residential School site

Remains of 215 children of Kamloops Indian Residential School discovered

The band's chief, Rosanne Casimir, told CTV Friday that, to her community's knowledge, the children's deaths are undocumented.

"We sought out a way to confirm that knowing out of deepest respect and love for those lost children and their families, understanding that Tk'emlups te Secwepemc is the final resting place of these children".

"The news that remains were found at the former Kamloops residential school breaks my heart - it is a painful reminder of that dark and shameful chapter of our country's history".

"This really resurfaces the issue of residential schools and the wounds from this legacy of genocide towards Indigenous people", he said.

The tribe said it had reached out to the home communities whose children attended the school.

"This is the beginning but, given the nature of this news, we felt it important to share immediately", Casimir said. "At this time we have more questions than answers".

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At the Kamloops school, the principle in 1910 had raised concerns that federal funding was insufficient to properly feed the students, according to the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc statement.

Teegee said the investigation may require working with the Royal B.C. Museum on how to best manage the area and it could also mean exhuming the remains with the goal of repatriating the children to their communities.

"Here, we have cultural sensitivities and very delicate protocols that may actually mitigate against finding out all that we can from the remains of the victims".

Its preliminary findings are expected to be released in a report next month, she said.

NDP MLA Melanie Mark said she was "heartbroken and traumatized". "What we have here is just a visceral reminder of that tragedy".

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"It was shared with me that it was children from our community … it was devastating and quite mind boggling", Casimir said on Friday.

A commission launched in 2008 to document the impacts of this system found that large numbers of indigenous children never returned to their home communities. Some ran away while others died at the schools. It found that in many cases, families never learned the fate of their offspring, who are now known as the missing children.

A National Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up as part of a government apology and settlement over the schools, concluded that at least 4,100 students died while attending the schools, many from mistreatment or neglect, others from disease or accident.

"I think it speaks to those stories of those children who said, 'There were always stories of these burials, and whatever happened to this kid who went missing in a supposedly random way,"' he said.

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