A call is being made to all levels of government from the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in leading an investigation for unidentified remains of children that didn’t make it home from Indian Residential Schools across Saskatchewan and Canada.
“We understand the enormous loss and mourn with the families affected by the 215 children found in Kamloops. We know that thousands of First Nations children did not make it home and were buried without any markers or outcry from the public. Canada and Saskatchewan have an immense amount of work in the area of reconciliation and addressing this horrific history” says FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron. “We will not allow Government to continue to ignore these lost children. We must reconcile and reclaim the mass grave sites of our children from across Saskatchewan, within our Treaty Territories, in order to mourn and move forward.”
The FSIN Executive are calling on the Liberal Government, Conservatives, NDP, and the Saskatchewan Party to work with them to get a radar ground search done in Saskatchewan and that they have been informed that sites including the Muskowekwan IRS, Onion Lake St. Anthony’s IRS, Beauval IRS, Guy Hill IRS, Lebret IRS, Sturgeon Landing IRS and many more have potential mass graves.
“The last Canadian residential school closed in 1996 here in Saskatchewan. All levels of Government have a moral and ethical responsibility to address these harms immediately. Both levels of Government must do what is right, the whole world is watching” says Chief Cameron. “We are consulting with ground penetrating radar experts to help find our lost children. However difficult this path will be, we must speak our truth and reclaim our ancestors. We ask all families to come forward with their stories.”