182 human remains discovered in unmarked graves near former residential school

A view of the former St. Eugene's Mission School in Cranbook, British Columbia, on July 1.

(CNN)A search has revealed 182 human remains in unmarked graves at the site of another residential school in British Columbia.

The Lower Kootenay Band, a member band of the Ktunaxa Nation, has announced that remains were found at the site of the former St. Eugene's Mission School near the city of Cranbrook.
This announcement comes after hundreds of unmarked graves thought to contain the remains of Indigenous children were recently discovered at the sites of two other former boarding schools in Canada and many First Nations communities having called for a halt to Canada Day celebrations Thursday.
    "It is believed that the remains of these 182 souls are from the member Bands of the Ktunaxa nation, neighbouring First Nations communities, & the community of aqam," the Lower Kootenay Band said in a statement released Wednesday.
      A search conducted by the Aqam community using ground-penetrating radar showed that some of the human remains were buried in shallow graves only 3 to 4 feet deep. Aqam is a member community of the Ktunaxa Nation.
      Approximately 100 Lower Kootenay Band members were required to attend the St. Eugene's Mission School. The residential school was operated by the Roman Catholic Church from 1912 until the early 1970s, the statement said. Indigenous children ages 7 to 15 were mandated by the Canadian government to attend the schools.
      Lucy Sager, visits a growing memorial near the site of the former residential school.
      "The Lower Kootenay Band is still in the very early stages of receiving information from the reports of the findings but will provide updates as time progresses," the statement said. "The Lower Kootenay Band has living survivors of the St. Eugene's Mission School & requests that the general public respect our privacy at this time."
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