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Canadian First Nation Finds 751 Unmarked Graves on Former Residential School Site

© REUTERS / SHANNON VANRAESShoes, stuffed animals and other offerings are seen at the site of the former Brandon Indian Residential School where researchers, partnered with the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, located 104 potential graves in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, June 12, 2021.
Shoes, stuffed animals and other offerings are seen at the site of the former Brandon Indian Residential School where researchers, partnered with the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, located 104 potential graves in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, June 12, 2021.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 24.06.2021
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Cowessess First Nation the Canadian province of Saskatchewan has located 751 unmarked graves on the site of a former residential school, Chief Cadmus Delorme said on Thursday.

"As of yesterday, we have hit 751 unmarked graves," Delorme said during a press briefing, emphasizing that the burial site at the former Marieval Indian Residential School site is a collection of unmarked graves, rather than a mass grave.

Marieval Indian Residential School operated between 1899 and 1997. It was constructed by Roman Catholic missionaries, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation says. 

​Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement following the discovery of the graves.

​The discovery comes just weeks after Tk'emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced that a deep scan of the Kamloops Indian Residential School site with ground-penetrating radar confirmed the discovery of 215 children’s remains, with some of the deceased being as young as three years old.

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