The Point: Canada’s residential school system

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“We always knew that there were graves here,” a First Nation chief told a news conference after over 700 unmarked graves were found at a residential school site for indigenous children in Canada. Just one month before that, the remains of 215 indigenous children were found in unmarked graves near another residential school in British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province. Why did such schools run on for more than 100 years? What kept the atrocities in the dark for so long? #Canada


Cadmus Delorme, chief, Cowessess First Nation; Jade Yee, director of Business Development, File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council; Pia Shandel, senior media consultant

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