Aboriginals of Cowesses pay tribute to those buried in unmarked graves during the Saturday night vigil
Edmonton-More than 750 individual lights were lit on the site of a former boarding school for the Cousins ??Aboriginals in Sask Province. Saturday, in memory of those buried in unmarked graves.
Three days after learning the truth 751 bodies were buried on the grounds of Mary Val Indian Boarding School In the unmarked graves found after radar scanning of the school grounds and surrounding areas, the elders built a solitary cemetery to protect the torch to commemorate the dead.
The vigil at the cemetery begins at 7:30 CST on Saturday night, beginning with ceremonial paintings and prayers. When hundreds of lamps donated by local companies illuminate the unmarked tomb, people mourned for a moment.
“As soon as we heard that they wanted to conduct a solar night vigil, I went to my host. He immediately agreed to provide the lights without giving me any fees. He called the local Canadian tire company and they emptied it within a few hours. Shelves,” Kevin Friesen, a Cowessess First Nation member who works in sales at Mann Northway GM, told CTV National News.
General Manager of Manosway Donate 800 solar lights During the vigil, a light was placed on each flag to mark the location where the remains were found.
“It’s great to see this group of people come together, young and old, and everyone works as a team,” Friesen said.
Chief Cadmus Delorm emphasized that the results of the investigation did not come from mass graves, but from unmarked graves where representatives of the Catholic Church removed the tombstones.
As efforts to scan the site continue, community members have many questions about the people who are buried there. However, at the current stage of the investigation, officials stated that they could not find the remains in the unmarked graves, which may belong to adults and children who attended or worked in boarding schools.
The discovery was made less than a month after the remains of 215 indigenous children were found at the site of a former boarding school in Kamloops, British Columbia. The file is related to the boarding school.
“Because Canada finally knows what a terrible experience we had in boarding school, my dream now is to see the government help us find a way to build a rehabilitation center. Re-teaching us how to be parents, and re-teaching us how to deal with what we have suffered over the years Mental pain, re-teach us the way to be healthy,” Carol Lavali, a survivor of Mary Val Indian Boarding School, told CTV National News.
“We must be cured now. Canada, please acknowledge your atrocities against us.”
But this discovery affects all generations of Cowessess aborigines, even those born long after the boarding school system closed.
“A lot of my family members have gone to boarding schools. When you have a lot of people and connections, it’s hard to get involved,” 16-year-old Rylie Delorme, a member of the Cowessess Community Youth Committee, told CTV National News.
On Sunday, the community will feast with the soul before they can finally return to their spiritual home.
“I’m glad we found you, because like I said, this is not something that can be swept under the carpet. You are real people, you all have a heart, you all have a family,” Delorm was watching the night watch. Shi said, speaking of unmarked graves.
On Saturday, Catholic religious groups that operate boarding schools in Saskatchewan and British Columbia said they would disclose all historical documents they have related to the school where unmarked graves were found.
“We deeply apologize for our participation in boarding schools and the harm it has caused to indigenous people and communities,” The Immaculate Missionary Tribute Said in a statement.
Jonathan Lerat, who helped organize Saturday’s vigil in Cowessess, said that although the past three days have been difficult, finding unmarked graves is a step forward.
“It’s a painful heartwarming. When we finally know the unmarked graves and the loved ones buried there, it’s a happy day for me,” he said.
-Documents from Canadian media and CTV Regina