2021 May 28 Friday
“Boarding School of Horror” in Canada
The bodies of 215 tribal children were found
The boarding school has been closed for more than 50 years. What is happening to the tribal children there during his active days is bad – they need to be re-educated and adapted to Western civilization. What is known now is even more frightening.
The remains of 215 children have been found on the site of a former boarding school for aboriginal children in Canada. The remains were discovered by a special sonar device, the indigenous community Tk’emlups te Secwepemc said on Thursday evening. Some of the dead children were as young as three, said Rosen Casimir, a tribal community leader. The Catholic home near the small town of Kamloops opened a hundred years ago in order to forcibly integrate the children of indigenous peoples into the European immigrant community.
The deaths of the children were not documented by the school administration at the time, although community members said they were missing. It is not yet clear how the children died. The community plans to work with coroners and museums in the area to clarify the situation. Preliminary results are due in a report in June.
“It breaks my heart for the families and communities affected by this tragic news,” said Caroline Bennett, Canada’s Minister for Relations with Indigenous Peoples.
Sometimes up to 500 students in boarding school
The former boarding school, run by the Catholic Church on behalf of the Canadian government, was one of 139 institutions founded in Canada in the late 19th century. It opened in 1890 and had up to 500 students in the 1950s. The boarding school did not close until 1969.
According to the tribal community, the headmaster of a house in Kamloops complained in 1910 that the government did not provide enough money to “feed enough students”.
About 150,000 Indians, mestizos and Inuit in Canada have been separated from their families and their culture since 1874 and forced into church houses to force themselves to adapt to the white majority community. Many of them were mistreated or sexually abused at home. At least 3,200 people died, most of them tuberculosis.
Many tribal communities now blame homes that have created entire generations for social problems such as drinking, domestic violence and rising suicide rates. Ottawa officially apologizes to boarding school survivors in 2008 In 2015, the Commission of Inquiry found that they were victims of “cultural genocide”.