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Canada First Nation finds possible burial sites at school

A map shows areas where magnetrometry was used to look for possible burial sites. A map shows areas where magnetrometry was used to look for possible burial sites. |  Photo: Williams Lake First Nation

The Associated Press
Updated: January 26, 2022 04:24 PM
Created: January 26, 2022 04:20 PM

WILLIAMS LAKE, British Columbia (AP) — A First Nation in Canada says a preliminary geophysical investigation has identified 93 possible burial sites around the site of a church-run boarding school.

Chief Willie Sellars of the Williams Lake First Nation says that excavation would be needed to confirm the presence of human remains and much more work is needed to make final determinations.

From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 Indigenous children in Canada were forced to attend state-funded Christian schools as an effort to assimilate them into Canadian society.

The investigation near Williams Lake comes after the use of ground-penetrating radar led to the discovery last year of what are believed to be 215 unmarked graves at a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Hundreds more unmarked graves were later identified at other sites in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. More than 1,000 potential graves were found at the sites in 2020.

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