The complexity of protecting, investigating and commemorating mass graves – IRPP

The complexity of protecting, investigating and commemorating mass graves – IRPP

by ahnationtalk on June 8, 2021146 Views

Certain overarching principles ought to be applied in Kamloops for a careful, considerate, culturally appropriate investigation into the 215 graves.

Mass graves are a worldwide phenomenon that exists on a shocking scale, but they are usually identified with conflict and gross human rights violations, typically in countries ravaged by poverty and inequality. Yet the discovery of the unmarked graves of 215 children in Kamloops, British Columbia has made global headlines, triggering a variety of emotions, reactions and questions.

Amidst the outpouring of grief and mourning, there are calls for prompt and thorough investigations into the shocking legacy of government-funded residential schools that operated for more than a century and were designed to systematically assimilate Indigenous children and destroy Indigenous cultures and languages.

Read More: https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/june-2021/the-complexity-of-protecting-investigating-and-commemorating-mass-graves/

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