How residential schools in Canada robbed Indigenous children of their identity and lives

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In Canada nearly a thousand unmarked graves have been discovered at the sites of two of the 150 church-run residential schools where more than more than 150,000 First Nations children were made to attend as part of a campaign of forced assimilation for more than century until 1996. A historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission was conducted in the 2000s. In 2015 it concluded that the residential school system amounted to cultural genocide and that unmarked graves would be found in the former school grounds, but the recent findings still shocked many Canadians and prompted calls for a new investigation. Leyland Cecco, reporting for the Guardian, explains how the discovery is just the tip of the iceberg in uncovering Canada's traumatic colonial past
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