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More Than 160 Unmarked Graves Found At Former Residential School in British Columbia


A memorial for the Indigenous children found at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Photo/GoToVan, Flickr)

CHEMAINUS, B.C. - Six miles from Chemainus, British Columbia sits Penelakut Island, formerly known as Kuper Island, which is part of the Southern Gulf Islands. From 1890 until 1975, the island was home to the Kuiper Island Industrial School.

Conditions were reportedly so bad at Kuper Island, some survivors of the residential school have described it as "Canada's Alcatraz." The horrors there have also been marked by the drowning of children trying to escape the island.

On Monday, the Penelakut Tribe announced that it has "confirmation of 160 plus undocumented and unmarked graves," on the grounds of the former school.


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