2021-05-31 04:21:28 UTC
The remains of 215 children, some as young as 3 years old, were found
buried on the site of what was once Canada's largest Indigenous
TORONTO, ON Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Sunday that
flags at all federal buildings be flown at half-staff to honor more
than 200 children whose remains have been found buried at what was
once Canadas largest Indigenous residential school one of the
institutions that held children taken from families across the nation.
From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 First Nations
children were required to attend state-funded Christian schools as
part of a program to assimilate them into Canadian society. They were
forced to convert to Christianity and not allowed to speak their
native languages. Many were beaten and verbally abused, and up to
6,000 are said to have died.
The Kamloops school operated between 1890 and 1969, when the federal
government took over operations from The Kamloops school operated
between 1890 and 1969, when the federal government took over
operations from the Catholic Church and operated it as a day school
until it closed in 1978.