Indigenous groups in Canada have demanded a nationwide search for mass graves after the discovery of the remains of 215 children.
Former residential school
The TK’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced last week that remains were found at a former residential school set up to assimilate indigenous people. The children found on Thursday were students at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia that closed in 1978. Some of the children were as young as three years old.
Canada’s residential schools were compulsory boarding schools run by the government and religious authorities with the aim of forcibly assimilating indigenous youth.
The find sparked outrage, prompting some in Canada to lay out tiny shoes at makeshift memorials.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged help but gave few details.