More unmarked graves discovered at indigenous school in Canada
At least 160 new
graves have been discovered in an area belonging to a residential school in the
western Canadian province of British Columbia.
According to local media reports, the Penelakut Tribe in of British Columbia's Southern Gulf Islands says it has found more than 160 "undocumented and unmarked" graves in the area, which was also once home to the Kuper Island
The tribe informed neighboring First Nations communities of the discovery in a newsletter posted online on Monday morning.
"We are inviting you to join us in our work to raise awareness of the Kuper Island Industrial School, and Confirmation of the 160+ undocumented and unmarked graves in our grounds and foreshore," the notice said.
Over the past few months, the discovery of unmarked graves on the sites of former residential schools have once again put the horrific abuse of generations of indigenous people in Canada under the spotlight.
The latest finds have reopened old wounds in Canada regarding the notorious residential schools, which were mostly operated by the Roman Catholic Church on behalf of the government of Canada during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Meanwhile, China has urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to pay attention to Canada's severe violation of human rights of indigenous women and children.
Jiang Duan, minister of the Chinese mission to the UN in Geneva, made the remarks at an annual discussion meeting on the human rights of women of the 47th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Simply apologizing is not enough, and Canada must take actual actions to correct its mistakes, Jiang said.
China also calls on Canada to combat racial discrimination and hate crimes in the country aimed at Africans, Asians and their descendants, particularly women and children, Jiang said.