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Ontario First Nation to mark Canada Day as ‘day of mourning’

Keewaywin First Nation in northern Ontario will now not acknowledge Canada Day as a celebration and can as an alternative mark it as a “day of mourning” till the federal authorities investigates the grounds of all former residential faculties.

Shifting ahead, the nation stated July 1 can be a day to recollect the youngsters and households who had been affected by residential faculties and to acknowledge the position that the Canadian authorities and church buildings performed within the “tried genocide” of Indigenous Individuals.

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“Residential faculties had been government-sponsored non secular faculties that had been established to assimilate Indigenous youngsters into Euro-Canadian tradition,” Keewaywin’s chief and council stated in a letter Thursday.

“In whole, over 130 residential faculties operated in Canada between 1831 and 1996. In 1931, on the top of the residential faculty system, 80 residential faculties had been working throughout Canada.”

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Keewaywin’s choice to now not have a good time Canada Day comes about two weeks after the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C. introduced that ground-penetrating radar had uncovered the stays of 215 youngsters, some as younger as three years previous, who had been college students on the Kamloops Indian Residential College.

Since then, many have expressed public outrage, with specialists saying the unmarked burial floor in Kamloops is “the tip of the iceberg.” A number of Indigenous teams have additionally referred to as for the search of all residential faculty grounds in Canada.

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“In whole, an estimated 150,000 First Nation, Inuit and Metis youngsters attended these faculties,” Keewaywin’s chief and council stated Thursday.

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“The Reality and Reconciliation Last Report concluded that a soldier had a greater likelihood of surviving the Second World Battle than an Indigenous youngster had at surviving the residential faculty system.”

Greater than every week in the past, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Workplace referred to as on Canada to launch “exhaustive investigations” and “redouble efforts” to search out Indigenous youngsters lacking from residential faculties. UN human rights particular rapporteurs additionally referred to as on Canada and the Catholic Church to conduct immediate and thorough investigations into the findings of the Kamloops burial website.

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At a Home of Commons assembly on June 1, Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated the youngsters present in Kamloops and others who’ve but to be discovered would have been grandparents or great-grandparents.

“They’d have been Elders, Information Keepers and group leaders,” he stated on the assembly. “They aren’t, and that’s the fault of Canada.”

Anybody experiencing ache or misery because of their residential faculty expertise can entry this 24-hour, toll-free and confidential Nationwide Indian Residential College Disaster Line at 1-866-925-4419.

— With information from International Information’ Katie Dangerfield, Hannah Jackson, Rachel Gilmore and the Canadian Press

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