Cowessess First Nation is roughly a two hour drive east of Regina. Chief Cadmus Delorme revealed details of the “horrific and shocking discovery” near what was once the Marieval Indian Residential School on Thursday morning.“It’s going to hurt in the coming months because the more we put names to them, the more that it is going to reopen some of the pains that many endured at the Marieval Residential School,” Delorme said. “We are not asking for pity, but we are asking for understanding. We need time to heal, and this country must stand by us.”They began their search of the Marieval site on June 2, about a week after the remains of as many as 215 children were found in unmarked graves at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. Phase 1 of the search covered roughly 44,000 square metres.

In a statement, the prime minister said the findings at the Marieval Residential School grounds on Cowessess First Nation are “part of a larger tragedy” and a “shameful reminder of the systemic racism, discrimination, and injustice that Indigenous peoples have faced – and continue to face – in this country.”

If you are a residential school survivor in distress, or have been affected by the residential school system and need help, you can contact the 24-hour Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419

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