Today, the Tk’emlps te Secwépemc First Nation will give its final report on the unmarked gravesites discovered near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School and will detail the next steps.
In May, the country issued a statement stating that early findings from a ground-penetrating radar examination of the site, along with existing information and oral history, suggested that 215 children were buried at the site. The statement made no mention of the firm or individual engaged in the survey, nor did it go into depth about how the job was performed.
Tk’emlps te Secwépemc Kukpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir said in a statement, “To our knowledge, these missing children are unrecorded fatalities.”
Following the early finding, the country stated that it was collaborating with the BC Coroners Service, contacting the kids’ hometowns, preserving the bones, and collaborating with museums to locate records of their fatalities.
The Kamloops Indian Residential School operated from 1890 until 1969 when the federal government took over management from the Catholic Church to run it as a day school home until it closed in 1978.
According to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, up to 500 children might have been enrolled at the institution at any given time (NCTR). Those youngsters would have come from First Nations communities all throughout British Columbia and much beyond.