More than 200 bodies found at Kamloops residential school

May 31, 2021

More than 200 bodies found at Kamloops residential school in Canada

The bodies of 215 children, some as young as three years old, have been discovered buried on the grounds of Kamloops residential school; one of the facilities that housed children kidnapped from families throughout the country.

The remains were verified last weekend with the use of ground-penetrating radar, according to Tk’emlups te Secw├ępemc First Nation Chief Rosanne Casimir.

Casimir stated Friday that additional remains may be discovered since there are more spots to examine on the Kamloops residential school grounds.

The Canadian government apologized in Parliament in 2008 and admitted that physical and sexual abuse in the schools was rampant. Many students recall being beaten for speaking their native languages; they also lost touch with their parents and customs.

The primary reason of pandemic rates of drinking and drug addiction on reservations, according to Indigenous elders; is a heritage of abuse and isolation.

Kamloops Residential School

The Kamloops school operated between 1890 and 1969. When the federal government took over operations from the Catholic Church and operated it as a day school until it closed in 1978.

In front of the school there’s a memorial with dozens of names etched on a plaque. At the base of it people have left flowers and notes. And on top rests a tiny pair of shoes. 

Historical records indicated that 50 children died at the school; but this new discovery shows that estimate was likely dramatically low.

In 2015 Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission released a report detailing the damaging legacy of the country’s residential school system.

The report detailed decades of physical, sexual and emotional abuse suffered by children in government and church run institutions.

In addition; thousands of mostly indigenous children were separated from their families and forced to attend residential schools.

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