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September 1, 2023
When death occurs, people gather to pay respect, honour the deceased and support their loved ones.
But when it comes to the thousands of children who went missing while being forced to attend Indian Residential Schools, some seem to think that Indigenous people should simply move on.
Why is that?
Indigenous families and communities have spent decades looking for the children who were sent to these institutions of assimilation and genocide. In a 2015 report, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada identified 3,200 confirmed deaths but added that the actual total was likely far higher.
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has since documented more than 4,000 deaths as part of its work to create a national death register.