How Many More Skeletons In Canada's Closet?


Canada's indigenous population continues to attempt to come to grips with the gruesome discovery of 215 school children found in an unmarked mass grave outside a former residential school built in 1923 in Kamloops, British Columbia. The finding has shook Canada to its core, leaving First Nation Leaders demanding additional searches for possible additional sites. Support continues to pour in for the Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc nation. Among the events scheduled for Kamloops this weekend include a trucking and motorcycle convoy to show solidarity. The Sikh Motorcycle Club and the Kamloops Punjabi Bikers are slated to participate. From 1831 through 1996 (a mere 25 years ago), Canada's residential school system forcibly separated 150,000 children from their homes. Reports had many of them subjected to abuse, malnutrition and rape in what Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission referred to as 'cultural genocide'. The Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets will sport decorative memorial decals on their helmets throughout the teams ongoing Stanley Cup Playoff series. Rogers Arena, home of the Vancouver Canucks NHL entry, will be lit in orange for an indefinite period. The Canadiens organization also gave a moment of silence before a home game last weekend.



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