Inside residential schools: How deaths of 4,100 indigenous children mark Canada's dark history of racism


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked that flags at all federal buildings be flown at half-mast to honor more than 215 children whose remains were discovered found buried at what was once Canada’s largest indigenous residential school. Kamloops Indian Residential School was one of the institutions that held children taken from families across the nation — often snatched forcibly away from their parents — and was set up to assimilate indigenous people.

The discovery was reportedly announced on Thursday, May 27, 2021, by the chief of the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc First Nation. The bodies were discovered with the help of ground-penetrating radar during a survey of the school. The school probably carried out a "cultural genocide".