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Cranbrook, B.C./Canadian-Media: 182 shallow, about a metre deep unmarked gravesites have been discovered by a First Nation in B.C.'s South Interior using ground-penetrating radar technology near the location of a former residential school St. Eugene's Mission School, the Lower Kootenay Band announced Wednesday.
Unmarked graves. Image credit: Wikimedia commons
"It is believed that the remains of these 182 souls are from the member Bands of the Ktunaxa Nation, neighboring First Nations communities and the community of ʔaq'am," read a media release from the band.
Up to 100 of its members were forced to attend the school, the Lower Kootenay Band says.
This discovery adds to the unmarked burial sites discovered near residential schools across Canada in the past month, including 215 in Kamloops and 751 in Saskatchewan.
Operated by the Catholic Church from 1912 until the early 1970s, St. Eugene's Mission School building has since been converted into a resort and casino, with an adjacent golf course.
The band says it is in the early stages of learning about the report's findings and will provide more updates.