The school was their hell, it became their grave. Red fingerprints on the door of the silent church
Today is Canada Day, Canada’s birthday. But is it possible to have a barbecue and light fireworks while the neighbor prepares for the funeral of a child? Canadians, shocked by graves found in schools, believe they are not allowed.
In late May, 215 remains were found at the site of a former residential Indian school in Kamloops, British Columbia in western Canada. Some of the skeletons belong to children three years old or younger. The company that used the GPR system consulted with local elders’ representatives so that the research would not violate the dignity of the children buried there. It’s not a mass grave, but unmarked graves – the students were buried underground like dogs.
The shock didn’t end soon after World Children’s Day, when it was announced that at another school, Marieval Indian Residential School, in Saskatchewan, More bodies found.
Long ago whispered that there were bones under the grass. It is not known exactly how many bodies were left there, as children were often stuffed into one hole. There was a Catholic cemetery (the school was run by Oblates), where not only students, but also local parishioners were buried. But when, in the 1960s, the state began eliminating church management of boarding schools, incumbent officials began a major clean-up. Crosses and tombstones were removed from the school grounds, lawns were planted, and flowerbeds were placed in some places. There was no trace of the children buried there.
But former students, who were named survivors in Canada, and neighbors still remember.