An under-reported story has turned up on the Daily Kos and indymedia claiming that 28 mass graves of aboriginal children have been found at the sites of religious and government run schools in Canada.
According to a press release from the Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared (FRD):
“We are gathered today to publicly disclose the location of twenty eight mass graves of children who died in Indian Residential Schools across Canada, and to announce the formation of an independent, non-governmental inquiry into the death and disappearance of children in these schools.
We estimate that there are hundreds, and possibly thousands, of children buried in these grave sites alone.
The Catholic, Anglican and United Church, and the government of Canada, operated the schools and hospitals where these mass graves are located. We therefore hold these institutions and their officers legally responsible and liable for the deaths of these children.”
A non-governmental body established by indigenous elders, the newly-formed International Human Rights Tribunal into Genocide in Canada (IHRTGC), yesterday issued a Letter of Demand to Catholic Pope Benedict requiring that he confirm or deny the death of thousands of children in these residential schools.
At a Press Conference given in Vancouver eyewitness Sylvester Greene spoke to the media at today’s event, and described how he helped bury a young Inuit boy at the United Church’s Edmonton residential school in 1953.
“We were told never to tell anyone by Jim Ludford, the Principal, who got me and three other boys to bury him. But a lot more kids got buried all the time in that big grave next to the school.”
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.