Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reacted as 182 more unmarked graves were discovered near a residential school in British Columbia. (File Photo – FSIN)
“Today’s finding adds to the growing number of unmarked burial sites discovered near residential schools across Canada. Words always seem to fall short at moments like this. But to the Ktunaxa Nation and Indigenous peoples across the country, know that we’re here for you,” Trudeau said in a statement posted online.
He also added “You have our support as you grieve, and you will have our support on the work that we must do to help you heal.”
The Lower Kootenay Band announced earlier today 182 unmarked graves were discovered at St Eugene’s Mission School near Cranbrook, using ground penetrating radar.
This comes the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) confirmed late on Wednesday last week that hundreds of unmarked graves have been found at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School on Cowessess First Nation.
The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), said in a Twitter post “The number of unmarked graves will be the most significantly substantial to date in Canada.”
“That would suggest it exceeds the 215 remains found at former residential school near Kamloops, which prompted grieving,” FSIN added.
Earlier, the remains of 215 children were earlier found at former Kamloops residential school in British Columbia.