Hundreds of unmarked graves discovered at a former residential school in Canada, officials say

Hundreds of unmarked graves were discovered at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Canada, the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations said yesterday.

The Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan will host a news conference today to announce the “horrific and shocking discovery” of the graves, the FSIN said in a statement.

“The number of unmarked graves will be the most significantly substantial to date in Canada,” the statement said.

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School in Canada, where the remains of 215 children were found last month. (AP)

The discovery comes after the remains of 215 children were found late last month, buried near the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, Canada.

Indigenous leaders and residential school survivors in Canada have called on officials to conduct a thorough investigation of every former residential school in the country after the remains of the children were found.

Meanwhile, local leaders in Saskatchewan are contacting survivors and families to inform them of the remains, FSIN said.

“The first priority is the health, healing and wellness of the survivors and their families, as well as the community of Cowessess First Nation,” Larissa Burnouf from FSIN Communications said.

Distant view of the Cowesses Indian Residential School from 1923. (CNN / Library and Archives Canada)

Photos and videos of the site are expected to be provided during the news conference.

The Cowessess Nation is located near the community of Broadview, about 150 kilometres from the provincial capital of Regina.

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