A Indigenous group in Canada claims to have found 751 unidentified graves on the site of a former residential school in Saskatchewan.
The first Cowessess nation has said the discovery is “the most important so far in Canada.”
It comes weeks after the remains of 215 children were found in a similar residential school in British Columbia.
“We are not asking for mercy, but we are asking for understanding,” said Cowessess leader Cadmus Delorme.
These mandatory residential schools were run by the Canadian government and religious authorities during the 19th and 20th centuries with the aim of including indigenous youth.
Last month, Cowessess began using radar to locate unidentified tombs at the Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.
The woman called the discovery “terrible and shocking”. The group is expected to provide more details at a press conference on Thursday.
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Perry Bellegarde, National Secretary of the First National Assembly, called the discovery of the tombs “sad but not surprising.” “I urge all Canadians to support the First Nations during this difficult and emotional time,” he wrote on Twitter.
Indigenous children were taken from their families and placed in these schools between 1863 and 1998.
Children were often not allowed to speak their own language or to follow their own culture, and many were abused and mistreated.
A commission launched in 2008 to document the impact of this system found that a large number of indigenous children have never returned to their native communities.
In 2008, the Canadian government officially apologized for the system.