Canada’s largest First Nations territory is asking the federal government to help it search the grounds of a former residential school for unmarked graves. Six Nations of the Grand River issued an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday, calling on the government to equip the community for a comprehensive search. Elected Chief Mark Hill notes that the Mohawk Institute in the southern Ontario territory was one of Canada’s first residential schools. Hill says that the school was unregulated and unaccountable from the start.
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Members of Parliament held a special Take Note debate Tuesday night in the House of Commons on last week’s discovery of 215 children buried in an unmarked mass grave at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in BC. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole urged all parties to support implementation of six recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to document and commemorate children who died at residential schools and to protect their gravesites. Winnipeg New Democrat Leah Gazan called on the government to fund radar ground searches at all former residential school sites and to block all sites off as active crime scenes so Indigenous nations, survivors and families can decide how to search for loved ones. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada failed in its duty to those children and their families, and vowed the government will be there for Indigenous communities with whatever they need.
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