Thursday, May 26

The internees to which tens of thousands of indigenous children were sent for forced assimilation in Canada

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The Kamloops School, in 1937.

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The Kamloops school, in 1937, had the capacity to house up to 500 children.

From 1863 to 1998, more than 150,000 indigenous children were separated from their families and taken to state boarding schools in Canada.

These government-run colleges, and operated largely by the Catholic Church, were part of the policy to assimilate indigenous children.

Minors were not allowed to speak their language or practice their culture and many were mistreated and abused.

Now the terrifying discovery of the remains of 215 children who were students of one of those boarding schools, the Kamloops Indian Residential School it has again focused on the abuses committed in these institutions.

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