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Dig at Canada ‘mass burial’ sites finds no bodies despite Trudeau, media firestorm: report

Four weeks of excavation work at a residential school in Canada reportedly failed to turn up evidence of mass unmarked burial sites, raising questions over the claims of widespread indigenous graves across the country.

Minegoziibe Anishinabe, an indigenous group also known as Pine Creek First Nation, has excavated 14 sites in the basement of a Catholic church near the former Pine Creek Residential School in Manitoba over four weeks this summer, but has yet to uncover bodies at the sites that were suspected of being possible burial locations of indigenous children, according to a report from Global News.

The work comes after ground-penetrating radar used at the sites detected what were described as “anomalies” at 14 locations in the basement of the church, part of a series of discoveries over the last two years in Canada that were reported to be “mass graves” of children who had attended the country’s residential schools.

Reports of potential mass graves containing the remains of indigenous children across Canada began circulating in May 2021, when the leaders of the British Columbia First Nation Band Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc announced that a radar survey near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School had discovered “confirmation of the remains of 215 children,” according to a report from the National Post. That discovery was one of several throughout the summer of 2021, according to the report, with the announcement of several similar surveys of residential schools across the country turning up evidence of graves of possibly hundreds or thousands of indigenous children.

Rouillard believes that more such efforts should be undertaken in an effort to uncover the truth, noting that the reports over the last few years have been “very dark for Canada.”

We need more excavations so we can know the truth,” Rouillard told the New York Post. “Too much was said and decided upon before there was any proof.”

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