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'Ensure Our Children Are Returned to Their People'


A memorial honoring the 215 children whose remains were found on the former site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery. (Photo credit: GoToVan)

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - On the first day of National Indigenous History Month, First Nation leaders across Canada demanded their government help identify and repatriate the remains of Indigenous children across the country after a mass grave was discovered last week on the former site of a residential school in British Columbia.

On May 27, the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation located in B.C.'s southern interior announced preliminary findings of an unmarked gravesite on the former property of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, holding the remains of at least 215 children-some as young as three years old.

Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc Chief Rosanne Casimir said in a statement that the findings confirmed what Indigenous community members had long known.


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