Hundreds of unmarked graves discovered at former residential school in Saskatchewan, Indigenous federation says

Hundreds of unmarked graves have been discovered at a former residential school in Saskatchewan in what could be the biggest discovery of its kind so far, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations said Wednesday.In a statement, the federation said the graves are located at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School, which was located in the southeastern corner of the province on what is now the Cowessess First Nation and operated from 1899 to 1997.According to the notice sent to media, more details on the “horrific and shocking” discovery will be provided a briefing Thursday morning.The news comes weeks after a similar discovery of the remains of as many as 215 children outside a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. — a revelation which shone a fresh spotlight on the brutal abuse endured by Indigenous students at the network of schools that operated in Canada for decades.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report in 2015 included testimony from a former student of Marieval.Ronalee Lavallee, who attended the school in the 1960s and 1970s and then later returned to the school as a child-care worker, said in testimony she had developed arthritis in her knees as a result of all the praying students were forced to do.She recalled that a number of students from northern Saskatchewan spoke fluent Cree and that at night, they would teach the language to the other students.“We wanted to learn this language, and how we used to take turns watching for the nuns so that we wouldn’t get into trouble,” she told the commission. “And I think, just think, that was 1970 or ’71, that’s not so long ago, and they were still doing that to us?”She testified the school’s nature changed after it came under band management.“When our First Nation took over the boarding school, and the nuns were no longer there and the priest, and I could see that difference. It was, like, it was so much lighter, and I could see that in the children. They were so much freer.”The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of a residential school experience. Support is available at 1-866-925-4419.

Hundreds of unmarked graves discovered at former residential school in Saskatchewan, Indigenous federation says

Hundreds of unmarked graves have been discovered at a former residential school in Saskatchewan in what could be the biggest discovery of its kind so far, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations said Wednesday.

In a statement, the federation said the graves are located at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School, which was located in the southeastern corner of the province on what is now the Cowessess First Nation and operated from 1899 to 1997.

According to the notice sent to media, more details on the “horrific and shocking” discovery will be provided a briefing Thursday morning.

The news comes weeks after a similar discovery of the remains of as many as 215 children outside a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. — a revelation which shone a fresh spotlight on the brutal abuse endured by Indigenous students at the network of schools that operated in Canada for decades.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report in 2015 included testimony from a former student of Marieval.

Ronalee Lavallee, who attended the school in the 1960s and 1970s and then later returned to the school as a child-care worker, said in testimony she had developed arthritis in her knees as a result of all the praying students were forced to do.

She recalled that a number of students from northern Saskatchewan spoke fluent Cree and that at night, they would teach the language to the other students.

“We wanted to learn this language, and how we used to take turns watching for the nuns so that we wouldn’t get into trouble,” she told the commission. “And I think, just think, that was 1970 or ’71, that’s not so long ago, and they were still doing that to us?”

She testified the school’s nature changed after it came under band management.

“When our First Nation took over the boarding school, and the nuns were no longer there and the priest, and I could see that difference. It was, like, it was so much lighter, and I could see that in the children. They were so much freer.”

The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of a residential school experience. Support is available at 1-866-925-4419.

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Many experts consider this one of the deepest draft classes in years, rife with teenaged prospects of varying skills and sizes.

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