182 unmarked graves discovered near residential school in B.C.’s Interior, First Nation says | CBC News

A First Nation in B.C.’s South Interior says it has discovered 182 unmarked grave sites near the location of a former residential school.

The community of ?Aq’am, a member of the Ktunaxa Nation located near the city of Cranbrook, B.C., used ground-penetrating radar to search a site close to the former St. Eugene’s Mission School, the Lower Kootenay Band announced Wednesday.

According to the band, the findings indicated the graves were shallow, about a metre deep.

“You can never fully prepare for something like this,” said Chief Jason Louie of the Lower Kootenay Band, which is also a member of the Ktunaxa Nation.

The finding adds to the growing tally of unmarked burial sites discovered near residential schools across Canada in the past month, including 215 in Kamloops and 751 in Saskatchewan.

St. Eugene’s Mission School was operated by the Catholic Church from 1912 until the early 1970s. The building has since been converted into a resort and casino, with an adjacent golf course.

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