The subject comes from this tweet by Jason Filiatrault:
If a school had a graveyard then it wasn’t a school, it was a death camp.
On 28 May 2021, I read an article about the confirmed discovery of the bodies of hundreds of children who died at a single residential school in Canada.
KAMLOOPS — A B.C. First Nation has confirmed that the remains of 215 children who were students of the Kamloops Indian Residential School have been found on the reserve using ground-penetrating radar.
In a news release, Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation Chief Rosanne Casimir calls the discovery an “unthinkable loss that was spoken about, but never documented by the Kamloops Indian Residential School,” which was the largest school in the country’s Indian Affairs residential school system.
I wrote the following on Twitter, which I’m reproducing here.
Canada must stop fucking around, and needs to do a proper mea culpa on the residential schools. Own up to it, explain why it was bad, and apologise properly with reparations. Additionally, they need to do a proper investigation into missing and murdered indigenous women.
Only by owning the mistakes of the past can we move forward.
There’s a lot to love about this place as an immigrant, but there’s a lot to hate from its colonial past and treatment of First Nations.
Finding over 200 corpses at the site of a residential school is genocide.
“Some were as young as three years old.” There is NOTHING you can say to defend that. Not a damn thing.
“To date, more than 4,100 children who died while attending a residential school have been identified.” This article just keeps getting worse.
The last school closed in 1996.
Once again the Catholic Church is a co-conspirator in wholesale government-mandated genocide.
A few days later, this article was published:
The Sioux Valley Dakota Nation in Manitoba is working to identify students buried at the Brandon Indian Residential School.
They’re partnering with researchers from across the country to conduct the investigation.
No one really knows how many children are buried at the site which operated from 1895 to 1972.
If you’re still a practising Catholic, shame on you.