A mass grave filled with the remains of 215 Indigenous children, some as young as three, has been found on the grounds of a former residential school in Canada that was known for physical, emotional and sexual abuse, reports said Friday.
The grisly discovery in the interior of southern British Columbia was made at the former Kamloops Indian residential school using ground-penetrating radar and announced late Thursday by the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc people, The Guardian reported.
“We had a knowing in our community that we were able to verify. To our knowledge, these missing children are undocumented deaths,” Rosanne Casimir, the chief of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, said in a statement.
Casimir said at this stage, there are “more questions than answers” as it’s unknown how the kids died, or when, and it’s believed the deaths were never officially recorded.
The school was open between 1890 and 1978 and ran by the Roman Catholic Church as part of a