04:42 GMT03 August 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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