Thousands of unidentified graves have been found in Canada. This is thought to be the grave of the Penelakut Tribe who was the victim of genocide.
In recent weeks the public was shocked by the discovery of more than 1,000 mysterious tombs in various parts of Canada. These tombs are thought to be the final resting place for members of the Penelakut Tribe who were the early inhabitants of mainland Canada.
Recently, another 160 graves were found near a boarding school that recruited indigenous Canadians. This is the fourth discovery in recent weeks.
This discovery is certainly horrendous, given the number of graves that indicate the occurrence of genocide in the tribe. In addition, this discovery also reminds the public of Canada’s painful past and the forced assimilation policies that have been carried out on indigenous peoples.
“We are at a point where we have to face the trauma of this act of genocide,” said Tribal Chief Penelakuan Joan Brown.
“This is the tip of the iceberg,” said Bob Chamberlin, former vice president of the British Columbia Indian Chiefs Union.
Chamberlin estimates, there are still dozens of other unidentified graves that have not been found.
Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his condolences to the Whistleblower Tribe. He was also concerned about the discovery of the tombs.
“My heart breaks for the Penelakut Tribe and for all indigenous communities across the country,” he told reporters.
“We can’t bring back those who have died, but we can and will continue to tell the truth, just as we will continue to work in partnership with indigenous peoples to fight systemic discrimination and racism with real, concrete action,” Trudeau said.
For information, the indigenous boarding school on Penelakut Island, west of Vancouver, recruited indigenous students in the late 19th century to 1975. With the discovery of the tomb, it is suspected that this school committed the murder of its students.
The allegation emerged after the bodies of 215 children were found in Kamloops, British Columbia in June last year. Then 715 unidentified graves in Marieval Saskatchewan and 182 in Cranbrook, southeastern British Columbia.
Each of these discoveries in fact reminds indigenous peoples of the trauma experienced by some 150,000 children. They are separated from their family, language and culture. By 1990, tribal children were forced to enroll in 139 boarding schools across the country.
Unfortunately, many students suffer from bad treatment, including sexual harassment. There are more than 4,000 children died on the school grounds. The investigation team concluded that the Canadian government was involved in cultural genocide.
In 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued an apology on behalf of the Canadian people for the victims.
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