Canada Day Muted As Nation Reckons With Residential School Legacy

On July 1, 1867, the confederation known historically as the Dominion of Canada became official with four provinces, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. Six more provinces joined between 1870 and 1949. The celebration of Canada Day is complicated this year. Many people are not celebrating at all, and others are celebrating differently due to recent discoveries of the bodies of hundreds of indigenous children in unmarked graves at former Indian Residential Schools in British Columbia and Saskatchewan. On May 27, 215 bodies were discovered at a former residential school site in Kamloops, British Columbia.

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Three Boys Who Died At PA Indian School Will Soon Return Home

CARLISLE (WSKG) — A team of Army officials and anthropologists is working in Cumberland County to exhume the remains of three Native American boys from the Northern Arapaho Native American Tribe.  The boys died in the 1880s, at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School–part of a program that separated native children from their families to forcibly assimilate them into American culture. But they’ll soon be laid to rest back at home–for good. The school in Carlisle has long been closed. Its former campus is now home to the US Army War College, but its cemetery–the final resting place of Native American children who died there–remains. This week, it’s closed to the public and surrounded by tall, black fencing.