Anishinabek Chiefs meet again at former Indian Residential School site in ceremony – Anishinabek News

SPANISH— For the second time this year, Chiefs from Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation and Serpent River First Nation, as well as now Acting Chief Gloria Daybutch from Mississauga #8 met on the grounds of the former Indian Residential School in Spanish on Sept. 18 in a ceremony called Nojomowinaan Ginishnaabewinanig (Healing Our People), reflecting on the discoveries of unmarked graves of children at many of these schools across Canada.

Since the first discovery of 215 graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in B.C., the number of graves found across Canada has increased to over 1,300; moreover, the majority of these institutions have yet to be investigated including the grounds of the two schools in Spanish. The schools in Spanish were the largest in Canada. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) estimates over 6,000 children are buried at Indian Residential Schools in Canada.

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