Hundreds more unmarked graves found at Canada school after previous grim discovery

Pablo Tucker
June 24, 2021

The Victoria-based museum announced Wednesday that its own researchers and those from the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) at the University of British Columbia will get "enhanced access" to the records of the Sisters of St. Ann (SSA).

The First Nation and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations say the community and school site about 160 kilometres east of Regina are closed.

It comes after the discovery of a burial site of 215 Indigenous children at a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., as well as 104 unmarked graves at the former Brandon Residential School.

"We must support Chief Delorme and the Cowessess community, the survivors and family members of Marieval Residential School students".

The province indicated its intention to find unmarked Indigenous graves last month, shortly after the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a mass grave near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. The statement did not specify numbers.

For those in need of emotional support, the 24-hour Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available at 1-866-925-4419.

The Cowessess First Nation is expected to make an official announcement and provide more details on the discovery on Thursday morning.

"I urge all Canadians to stand with First Nations in this extremely hard and emotional time", he posted on Twitter Wednesday evening.

The recent finding of what are believed to be 215 children's remains buried at the site of a Kamloops, B.C., residential school has magnified interest in the troubling legacy in both the US and Canada.

Excavations at the site around the former school in Marieval, Saskatchewan began at the end of May.

The children were malnourished and physically and sexually abused in what the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission called "cultural genocide" in 2015. The Roman Catholic Church, which ran most of the schools, has not apologised.

Canada's federal government apologised for the system in 2008.

The First Nation took over the school's cemetery from the Catholic church in the 1970s.

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