Work underway for forensic scientists to identify and repatriate BC school remains

Plans are underway to identify and return home the remains of more than 200 children found buried at the site of a former residential school in the interior of British Columbia, a provincial Indigenous leader said.

The Kamloops Indian Band wants to begin the “heartbreaking” process to eventually tell the stories of the children and bring peace to their families, said Terry Teegee, regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

This effort could involve the BC Coroners Service, the Royal BC Museum and forensic experts, he said.

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Teegee said he has met with Indigenous leaders from across British Columbia to decide on next steps.

“Really, I think what needs to happen is maybe some sort of discovery and maybe forensic analysis of the identity of these children, where are they from if that is possible”, a- he said in an interview with Prince George.

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“And maybe repatriation to their respective communities because the students come not only from the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc area, but also from neighboring communities and as far north as Fort Nelson.

Chief Rosanne Casimir of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation said the remains of 215 children, some as young as three, were confirmed last weekend using radar entering the ground.

She described the find as “an unthinkable loss that was talked about but never documented at Kamloops Indian Residential School.”


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Human remains found on Kamloops Residential School grounds


Human remains found on Kamloops Residential School grounds

Teegee said he spoke with Casimir about finding the remains and offering support to leaders and Indigenous groups from across Canada.

He said they had discussed how best to move forward to continue research and provide support to the Tk’emlups Nation and those who may have lost a loved one.

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Casimir said on Friday that more bodies could be found as there were more areas to search within the school grounds.

Teegee said the investigation may require working with the Royal BC Museum on how best to manage the area and that it could also mean exhuming the remains with the aim of repatriating the children to their communities.


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Indigenous and political leaders respond to discovery of residential schools


Indigenous and political leaders respond to discovery of residential schools

The discovery of the remains confirms the many comments from school survivors about the missing children, he said.

“I think it’s about the stories of those kids who said, ‘There have always been stories of these funerals, and everything that happened to this kid who disappeared in a supposedly random way,” he said. he declares.

Dan Muzyka, chairman of the board of the Royal BC Museum, said his team is supporting the Nation by researching the archives of the BC Archives for historical information on school deaths or burials. .

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“The most important and relevant documents in the BC archives are those of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the religious order that ran the school,” Muzyka said in a statement.

“The museum is committed to fully supporting the Nation through this archival research.”


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British Columbia Premier and Premier’s response to the heartbreaking discovery of Kamloops Residential School


British Columbia Premier and Premier’s response to the heartbreaking discovery of Kamloops Residential School

Professor Nicole Schabus, Thompson Rivers University Law School, said each of her freshman law students at Kamloops University spends at least a day at the former residential school talking with survivors .

“I am very grateful to the survivors who so generously shared their stories,” she said.

Schabus said she hadn’t heard from the survivors about an unmarked grave, “but they’re all talking about the kids who didn’t.”

Survivors began calling her on Thursday when the discovery was made public, saying they couldn’t sleep because the reports had triggered horrific childhood memories, she said.

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Teegee said the discovery of Kamloops shed more light on the dark history of Canada’s residential schools.

“It really resurfaces the issue of residential schools and the wounds of this legacy of genocide against indigenous peoples,” he said.


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Memorial held at the Vancouver Art Gallery for children who died in residential schools


Memorial held at the Vancouver Art Gallery for children who died in residential schools

Kamloops Residential School operated between 1890 and 1969. The federal government took over the operation of the Catholic Church facility and operated it as a day school until it closed in 1978.

The National Commission for Truth and Reconciliation recorded at least 51 children who died in school between 1915 and 1963.

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