More unmarked graves discovered in British Columbia at a former indigenous residential school known as 'Canada's Alcatraz'

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(CNN)The Penelakut Tribe successful British Columbia announced Monday that it had recovered much than 160 "undocumented and unmarked' graves successful the province's Southern Gulf Islands, erstwhile location to the Kuper Island Residential School.

The latest grim find follows different akin findings successful British Columbia arsenic good arsenic successful the state of Saskatchewan.

Hundreds of unmarked graves person been discovered successful caller weeks and dozens of investigations, galore utilizing ground-penetrating radar, proceed connected the grounds of erstwhile residential schools crossed the country.

    "It is intolerable to get implicit acts of genocide and quality rights violations. Healing is an ongoing process, and sometimes it goes well, and sometimes we suffer much radical due to the fact that the load is excessively great. We are astatine different constituent successful clip wherever we indispensable look the trauma due to the fact that of these acts of genocide. Each clip we do, it is imaginable to heal a small more," the Penelakut Tribe said successful a connection posted by the neighboring Cowichan Tribes connected its Facebook page.

      Their children vanished astatine  an indigenous boarding school. This people   is bringing them location  aft  140 years

      The Penelakut Tribe confirmed the contents of the connection to CNN, but has not yet responded to a petition for comment.

      In a 1997 documentary posted connected YouTube and produced with backing from the national government, survivors of the Kuper Industrial School picture it arsenic "Canada's Alcatraz."

      Survivors from the land schoolhouse accidental immoderate children died aft taking to the h2o successful immoderate they could find to effort to flight the maltreatment they suffered astatine the school.

      The statement, connected behalf of Penelakut Tribe Chief Joan Brown and assembly members, did not accidental whether ground-penetrating radar was utilized to uncover the unmarked graves oregon whether they contained the remains of children oregon adults.

      The Kuper Island Residential School successful  British Columbia is picured successful  this June 19, 1941, archive photo.

      "We recognize that galore of our brothers and sisters from our neighboring communities attended the Kuper Island Industrial School. We besides admit with a tremendous magnitude of grief and loss, that excessively galore did not instrumentality home," the people said successful the statement.

      The Penelakut Tribe announced to neighboring tribes and communities that it would beryllium holding "healing sessions" and a march for the children "lost" successful the coming weeks. The schoolhouse operated from the precocious 19th period until it was closed successful 1975.

      The Canadian authorities has said that it would money much investigations into unmarked graves successful indigenous communities crossed the country, but it has besides faced disapproval for not doing truthful sooner, arsenic outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission successful its 2015 report.

      "My bosom breaks for the Penelakut Tribe and for each indigenous communities crossed Canada. I admit these findings lone deepen the symptom that families, survivors and each indigenous peoples and communities are already feeling and that they reaffirm a information that they person agelong known. To members of the Penelakut Tribe, we are present for you," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a virtual quality league successful Ottawa connected Tuesday.

      The shocking maltreatment arsenic elaborate by victims has been good documented for decades but this latest find deepens a nationalist reckoning connected unmarked graves and wherefore the deaths were undocumented for truthful long.

        The Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation successful B.C., which precocious disclosed that it had recovered astatine slightest 215 unmarked graves connected the grounds of the erstwhile Kamloops Indian Residential School, said it would denote much details astir its findings Thursday.

        The Truth and Reconciliation Commission reported that much than 4,000 indigenous children successful residential schools died either from neglect oregon abuse.

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