An indigenous group in Canada says it has found hundreds of unmarked graves at the site of a former residential school in Saskatchewan province.
A news release Wednesday from Cowessess and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous First Nations (FSIN), which represents Saskatchewan's First Nations, did not give a specific number but said it will be the most found to date in Canada.
According to various estimates, from 3,200 to 6,000 children died in Canadian boarding schools for indigenous peoples, over the entire period of their existence (from the mid-19th century).
Canada's Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister says Ottawa is open to providing archival data on residential schools to the USA government to help with its recently announced investigation into Indigenous boarding schools.
The First Nation took over the school's cemetery from the Catholic church in the 1970s.
The former Marieval Indian Residential School is located about 25 kilometres north of Broadview.
"All Albertans stand with Indigenous communities across the country who live with the legacy of Canada's residential school program".
The Cowessess First Nation is expected to make an official announcement and provide more details on the discovery on Thursday morning. "I urge all Canadians to stand with First Nations in this extremely hard and emotional time", he wrote on Twitter.
"Our government is committed to working collaboratively with residential school survivors, families, Indigenous leadership and communities, Elders and Knowledge Keepers, and the federal government to support this very important and necessary process of truth-telling and healing that will help us move towards reconciling these historic wrongs", Clarke said. Premier Jason Kenney says the horror of the residential school system remains hard to comprehend. Manitoba has also announced $2.5 million in funding to identify and commemorate burial sites at residential schools in the province.