At least 182 unidentified graves have been found in a school building in western Canada., bringing the more than 1,100 remains of minor Aboriginal people found in recent weeks, a group of Aboriginal Canadians announced this Wednesday.
The Lower Kootenai community said the unmarked graves were located at the former school premises of St Eugene Mission School in western British Columbia.
This discovery adds to what happened in late May when the Tk’emlúps te secwépemc, another indigenous group from British Columbia, The remains of at least 215 Aboriginal children have been unearthed at the former school premises of Kamloops.
Last week, another group of Aboriginal people from Western Saskatchewan, the Alkosis, announced that they had found 751 unidentified graves at Marival Residential School.
for this part, Canadian police on Wednesday reported “suspicious” fires in two churches in the country, which has already had six ruined temples in Canada since it was announced that unidentified graves had been discovered in school dormitories that were once run by religious orders.
One of them is Saint Jean-Baptiste Church, built 114 years ago in the town of Morinville, about 3,400 kilometers northwest of Toronto, which was destroyed in a “suspicious” fire that started in the early morning.
the other La Iglesia St Catere Tkaquitha, in the far east of the country, in the province of Nova Scotia, which was also ravaged by fire.
Police said the fires were being investigated as possible attacks.
“We are investigating him as a suspect,” Corporal Sheldon Robb of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told AFP, speaking of the fire that destroyed Morenville Church.
first Minister , Justin Trudeau told a news conference that “terrible discoveries” of unidentified graves forced Canadians “to reflect on historical grievances. and continue what indigenous peoples have faced.”
Trudeau urged everyone to participate in reconciliation, while denouncing vandalism and burning of churches across the country.
“The destruction of places of worship is unacceptable and must stop,” he said.
We must work together to right the wrongs of the past. Everyone has a role to play.”
on the other side, One of Canada’s major indigenous groups asked the Catholic Church on Wednesday to pay the C$25 million (US$20 million) it provided in 2006 to survivors of the country’s school accommodations. And you haven’t paid in full yet.
The Sovereign Indigenous Peoples Federation (FSIN), which includes 74 Aboriginal groups in Saskatchewan, has deplored that the Catholic Church has so far provided only a fraction of the initial figure, equivalent to C$0.30 (0,US$24) per survivor.
“Thousands of Aboriginal children have been victims of emotional, physical and sexual abuse in these school dormitoriess. “They have been malnourished, shamed and beaten for speaking their languages and being stripped of their culture, traditions and identity,” FSIN President Bobby Cameron said in a statement.
Cameron, who considered that if the Canadian Catholic Church could not raise the money, the Vatican should pay reparations: “It is a shame that Catholics can raise millions of dollars to build multi-million dollar cathedrals and get only $0.30 for each survivor.”
(With information from EFE)
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