Shocking news just in.
More than 200 bodies have been found at an Indigenous school in Canada.
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Horrific news just in.
More than 200 bodies have been found at an Indigenous school in Canada.
The bodies of 215 children were found.
// child murder , residential school— Abyss / IR !! MILO DNI /j (@Toast_Master5) May 29, 2021
In case you're unaware, the bodies of 215 indigenous children were found buried at a former residential school In Canada. This isn't the first time. More than 4000 children have been found since they've closed down. (1/3)
Some aged as young as three-years-old...
The institution in which they were found was once Canada's largest Indigenous residential school.
Whether it’s in Canada or Palestine, Indigenous peoples deserve a life free from state sanctioned violence. Indigenous children deserve to grow old.— Amanda Bartley (@bartleyamandaj) May 29, 2021
One of the institutions that held children taken from families across the nation.
The remains were confirmed last weekend.
I was 6 years old when the VPD took me from my mom. It killed her eventually. My late grandpa Medrick survived a residential school also. The amount of pain we carry is not normal. It’s not healthy. Today more Indigenous children are in foster homes then ever. pic.twitter.com/uHvA8hP16R— Chris Nelson (@Nuckslife) May 28, 2021
Chief Rosanne Casimir of the Tk'emlups te Secwépemc First Nation said in a news release that the remains were confirmed last weekend with the help of ground-penetrating radar.
To honour the 215 children whose lives were taken at the former Kamloops residential school and all Indigenous children who never made it home, the survivors, and their families, I have asked that the Peace Tower flag and flags on all federal buildings be flown at half-mast.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 30, 2021
There may be more bodies found - as there are still other areas on the school grounds to check.
In an earlier release, Casimir said:
These children would have been elders in the Indigenous community by now; folks who carry language, tradition, stories and care for the next generations. Genocide is not just the murder of these innocents, it's also the erasure of their possible legacy.— Danny 🏳️🌈 (@TheDannyRamadan) May 28, 2021
May they rest in power.
[The findings are an] unthinkable loss that was spoken about but never documented at the Kamloops Indian Residential School.
The schools went on from between the 19th Century up until the 1970s.
More than 150,000 First Nations children were required to attend state-funded Christian schools as part of a program to integrate them into Canadian society.
They were forced to convert to Christianity.
indigenous people have been telling everyone that their children are going missing in these schools for years and NOBODY listened https://t.co/yVyADzP1KM— sof 🧯 (@buckyspluto) May 29, 2021
And were not allowed to speak in their native languages.
Many were beaten and verbally abused.
215 Indigenous children‘s bodies were identified yesterday at the Kamloops Residential School.— Chastity Davis-Alphonse (@CDavisConsult) May 29, 2021
215 children’s bodies.
I feel as though I’ve been hit by a tsunami wave of grief.
Standing with the families whose babies were identified.
215 children’s bodies. #Genocide pic.twitter.com/uJWMSK6xfS
And it's believed up to 6,000 children died while at the schools...
The Canadian government apologised back in 2008.
// death , racism— silas / lupin (@fischlverse) May 29, 2021
oomfs please read through lrts. please know the history in canada of the racism indigenous people have faced and what theyre still facing today. 215 indigenous children’s bodies were found in a mass grave at a residential school IN THE PROVINCE I LIVE IN
And admitted that physical and sexual abuse were rampant throughout the schools.
Indigenous leaders have also spoken about the schools for years.
I want to make it really clear— ᒋᒨᓐ🌧️ rain🌼 ᓃᐲᔥ (@chapwelilthings) May 30, 2021
No Indigenous person is *shocked* about those babies being found in Kamloops. We knew they were there. The families knew. Their children were taken and didn't come home. Of course we knew.
So please, non-natives, stop saying this is "shocking."
With many claiming the schools are the root cause of alcoholism and drug addiction in the indigenous communities.
It's believed that the deaths are undocumented.
However, a local museum archivist is working with the Royal British Columbia Museum to see if any records of the deaths can be found.
Remains of 215 Indigenous children have been found at a Canadian residential school, a First Nation said.— AJ+ (@ajplus) May 28, 2021
Over 150 years, 150K+ Indigenous children were stolen from families & put in schools away from home. Many suffered physical & sexual abuse — 4,100 died, estimates @NCTR_UM. pic.twitter.com/tmkawDScoQ
Welcome to Canada, where the remains of 215 Indigenous children are found at a former Kamloops residential school, but leaders struggle to accept that systemic racism is real and tell us that the use of the word “genocide” is controversial.— Amit Arya (@AmitAryaMD) May 28, 2021
Authorities in Canada uncovered the remains of 215 children, some as young as 3 years old, at the site of a former residential school for indigenous students https://t.co/0iQYXrNTz0 pic.twitter.com/OefdQoufyn— Reuters (@Reuters) May 29, 2021
It's important when talking about what happened to the 215 Indigenous children to remember to use active terms instead of passive ones. No "children died at residential school." That's a rhetorical sleight of hand to avoid responsibility. Teachers and administrators killed them.— Alicia Elliott (@WordsandGuitar) May 29, 2021
They interrupted a smudge ceremony, intimidated a 9yro Indigenous kid, and told us they will remove the shoes. This is your Canada. The government is complicit in the murder of Indigenous children and will not let you grieve. #IdleNoMore pic.twitter.com/bH3J8UUEi5— Fernanda Yanchapaxi (@mfyanchapaxi) May 30, 2021
Given the size of the school, with up to 500 students registered and attending at any one time, we understand that this confirmed loss affects First Nations communities across British Columbia and beyond.
Nicole Schabus, a law professor at Thompson Rivers University, explained.
Reminder: There are currently more Indigenous children in “child welfare” now than there were in Residential schools at their peak.— Doctors For Defunding Police (@DrsDefundPolice) May 29, 2021
The genocide has never ended.
That each of her first-year law students at the Kamloops university spend at least one day at the former residential school speaking with survivors about conditions they had endured.
While survivors did not talk about an unmarked grave site...
Devastating. And, indeed, a crime against humanity. 215 Indigenous children. https://t.co/URzQz2gRff— Be A King (@BerniceKing) May 31, 2021
They did speak about 'the ones who didn't make it'...
Canada mourns as remains of 215 children found at indigenous school https://t.co/Gmp9ddmGJv— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 29, 2021
Our thoughts go out to all those who went through this unthinkable tragedy.