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160 unmarked graves found at Residential School in BC

Kuper Island Indian Resdiential School, seen on June 19, 1941.

Another 160 undocumented and unmarked graves have been found at the Kuper Island Residential School in British Columbia.

The Penelakut Tribe made the announcement on Monday morning.

No further details were provided on how the graves were found.

The school was opened in 1889. The cancellation of holidays at the school led students to try to burn it down in 1896.

In the 1930s, German doctors are reported to have conducted medical experiments on some students, resulting in several deaths.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria was the first operator of the school. By 1957, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate were listed as the operators of the school. In 1969 the Canadian federal government assumed management.


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