July 2, 2021


Unmarked graves and indigenous burials are being discovered throughout Canada recently. The frustration of the Tribes is growing because they feel that it shows what happened to their ancestors. The Canadian government has been careful to acknowledge any signs of genocide, but it’s beginning to be a complicated conversation to avoid.

A recent search revealed 182 human remains found in unmarked graves at another residential school in Canada. These schools around the country were pretending to educate indigenous kids about their roots.

The Lower Kootenay Band, a member band of the Ktunaxa Nation, announced the latest discovery. It occurred on the property of the former St. Eugene’s Mission School, which is located near the city of Cranbrook.

Bad Timing for Canada

The announcement of the 182 unmarked graves is getting bigger because of the news; since the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at the site of two former boarding schools in the nation.

Canada Day was occurring on Thursday. This is the nation’s equivalent to America’s Fourth of July celebration. Many First Nations wanted the country to cancel all celebrations because of the discovery at St. Eugene’s Mission School.

The Lower Kootenay Band released a statement following the discovery. This tribe was adamant about the cancellation of all celebrations for Canada Day.

The tribe’s statement said, “It is believed that the remains of these 182 souls are from the member Bands of the Ktunaxa nation, neighboring First Nations communities, & the community of aqam.”

The Aquam community was investigating the area and they revealed that many bodies placed in graves were less than four feet deep. Aquam is a member of the Ktunaxa Nation.

The Roman Catholic Church operate St. Eugene’s Mission School from 1912 until the seventies. The Canadian government forced all indigenous children age 7 to 15 to attend one of the residential schools.

Updates Still Developing

The discovery of the graves is recent, and it will take time to determine the story behind the human remains. The children were indefinitely abused, but more knowledge is needed regarding the unmarked graves.

The band stated, “The Lower Kootenay Band is still in the very early stages of receiving information from the reports of the findings but will provide updates as time progresses. The Lower Kootenay Band has living survivors of the St. Eugene’s Mission School & requests that the general public respect our privacy at this time.”

The human remains have been discovering in unison with Catholic Churches behind burned indigenous land. The Canadian authorities have been investigating these incidents.

The church burnings are likely rebellion because of the unmarked graves. However, this has not been confirming at this time.

The Lower Similkameen Indian Band spoke out about the fires on its land. They believe grief and rage have caused people to rebel, but they begged people to maintain peace.

The band’s leaders “This is a symptom of the intergenerational trauma our survivors and intergenerational descendants are experiencing, and there are supports to help deal with these emotions in a more healing way.”

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