Canada’s first Nations have discovered 93 more graves that may contain human remains at the site of a former boarding school

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Using ground-penetrating radar and other technology, the Aboriginal people of Williams Lake, British Columbia, said they had discovered 93 graves that may contain human remains at the site of a former boarding school.Willie Sellars, chief of the Williams Lake First Nation, said in a press conference, “There have been stories of abandonment and abuse at St. Joseph’s mission for decades, and there have even been stories of children dying or disappearing here.In the history of St. Joseph’s Mission, these claims have been dismissed as groundless.”According to the report, the investigation is still preliminary, and the 93 graves that may contain human remains are only preliminary numbers.Only 14 hectares have been explored, and the boarding school covers 470 hectares.”Our investigative team has uncovered the darkest corners of human behavior,” Sellars said.Our team heard not only stories of children and infants missing and killed, but also countless stories of systematic torture and sexual abuse of children at St. Joseph’s Mission.”Sellars revealed that the investigation found evidence that the boarding school dumped children’s bodies in lakes, rivers and the school’s incinerator.”There will be no tombstones, no unmarked graves, no small bone fragment for forensic analysis for these children,” sellars said.For these families, they are never heard from.We grieve for these children and their families.”Whitney Spearing, an archaeologist in charge of the technical survey, expressed reservations about whether the graves contained human remains.Of the 93 graves, 50 were found outside the school cemetery, Spearing said at a news conference.”All of these graves could be human remains, but they won’t be confirmed until they are excavated,” she explained.St. Joseph’s Mission Boarding School Located in central British Columbia between Prince George and Kamloops, st. Joseph’s Mission Boarding School operated near Williams Lake from 1891 to 1981.Most of its buildings have since been demolished.After 215 unmarked graves were discovered at a former boarding school site in Kamloops, British Columbia, in May 2021, Aboriginal people across Canada found similar cases at former boarding school sites.The boarding school system is a policy of forcibly assimilating aboriginal people formulated by the Canadian government according to the Indian Law. According to incomplete statistics, 150,000 aboriginal children were forcibly taken away from their parents by the government and sent to boarding schools managed by the church in more than 100 years.A large number of indigenous children were inhumane and even tortured to death here.Statement: The copyright of this article belongs to the original author, if there is a source error or infringement of your legitimate rights and interests, you can contact us through email or wechat, we will deal with it in time.Email address: jpbl@jp.jiupainews.com;Wechat id: Jiupai6688 (Note to add and withdraw)