PM Trudeau stunned by discovery of almost 200 unmarked graves

PM Trudeau stunned by discovery of almost 200 unmarked graves

Another 182 unmarked graves were discovered at a 3rd former indigenous residential school in Canada as two Catholic Churches went up in flames on Wednesday, with anger mounting over the mushrooming abuse scandal.

The Lower Kootenay Band said experts using ground-penetrating radar mapping located what are believed to be the remains of pupils aged seven to fifteen at the previous St Eugene’s Mission School near Cranbrook, British Columbia , consistent with an AFP report.

The Catholic Church operated the varsity on behalf of the govt from 1912 until the first 1970s.

The development follows the invention of the remains of 215 children in unmarked graves at the previous Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia in May and 751 more unmarked graves at another school in Marieval, Saskatchewan last week.

Canada’s ensign will fly at half-mast on Thursday on a landmark building in Ottawa because the country marks a sombre Canada Day amid the spate of discoveries of unmarked graves of First Nations’ people.

First Nations refers to a Canada-based umbrella body that comprises several groups indigenous people.

Reacting to the newest discovery of graves, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted, “Today’s finding adds to the growing number of unmarked burial sites discovered near residential schools across Canada. Words always seem to come short at moments like this.”

He said he has asked the flag at the Peace Tower within the country’s capital to stay at half-mast on the 154th anniversary of the formation of the Canadian Confederation, which is widely known as Canada Day, as “people across the country still honour the Indigenous children whose lives were taken far timely , and as we reflect on the tragedy of residential schools”.

The tower soars above the parliament building within the heart of Ottawa.

Celebrations of Canada Day were muted last year also , due the Covid-19 pandemic, but this year some municipalities in Canada, including Victoria, capital of the province of British Columbia , have announced cancellation of the standard festivities including fireworks thanks to the residential schools tragedy.

The discoveries of graves have also led to a series of arson attacks on churches in Canada, a development that Trudeau said was “not the thanks to go” during a media interaction on Wednesday, consistent with the outlet Global News.

Reports of the burning down of churches have come from several provinces, including British Columbia , Ontario, Alberta and Nova Scotia.

First Nations’ leaders have sought a proper apology from Pope Francis following the discoveries of unmarked graves of youngsters .

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