'We always knew that this was happening': Kamloops residential school survivor

Tk'emlups confirms bodies of 215 children buried at former Kamloops Indian Residential School site

Tk'emlups confirms bodies of 215 children buried at former Kamloops Indian Residential School site

The Kamloops Indian Residential School was the largest of 139 boarding schools set up in the late 19th century, with up to 500 students registered and attending at any one time.

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The children were students at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia that closed in 1978, according to the Tk'emlúps te Secwepemc Nation, which said the remains were found with the help of a ground penetrating radar specialist.

While there have always been rumors of unmarked graves at schools, if the findings in a preliminary report presented to the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc First Nation this week are confirmed, it will be the first time a major burial site has been discovered.

Casimir says band officials are informing community members and surrounding communities who had children who attended the school.

"This is the beginning but, given the nature of this news, we felt it important to share immediately", she said.

"Really, I think what needs to occur is perhaps some sort of discovery and perhaps some forensics about who these children were, where are they from if that's possible", he said in an interview from Prince George.

Ottawa formally apologised in 2008 for what the commission later termed a "cultural genocide" as part of a US$1.6 billion settlement with former students.

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"I'm a mom, and I can't imagine my child dying at school". The use of Indigenous languages was banned at the schools, sometimes through the use of violence, as were Indigenous cultural practices. Bell said she woke up early, cried, composed herself, and came up with a plan.

The Kamloops Indian residential school was established in 1890 under the Roman Catholic church. 'At this time, we have more questions than answers'.

"We sought out a way to confirm that knowing out of deepest respect and love for those lost children and their families, understanding that Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc is the final resting place of these children", said Casimir in a news release. He asked the federal government to work with Indigenous groups on researching the fates of missing children.

They are working with the community and partners such as the BC First Nations Health Authority, to provide resources and the support needed as determined by the community, the ministers said.

An artist told CTV News she put out a call to her network after hearing the news announced Thursday.

"We had a knowing in our community that we were able to verify".

John Horgan, the premier of British Columbia, said that he was "horrified and heartbroken" and that he supported the efforts of the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc to bring to "light the full extent of this loss".

Indigenous communities throughout Canada, ChiefCasimir said, had children who were forced into residential schools only to vanish. "It is definitely an honor to be taking care of these children".

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