Speaking on Ngaarda Media, Indigenous Radio across Australia
Grief swept across Canada last week after 215 bodies of children were found buried beneath one of Canada’s largest residential schools.
A mass grave was found at Kamloop residential school, with Children as young as three found.
The school was part of Canada’s residential school system, created by the colonial government to assimilate first nation children.
Chief of the Tsuu T’ina Nation Lee Crowchild said that for his generation, people are hurting.
“We now realize that we missed opportunities to grow old with our uncles and aunties.”
In 2008 Canada apologised to first nation people for the abuse in the schools.
The Truth and Reconciliation Report created from the commission into residential schools found that child neglect was institutionalized.
“…the lack of supervision created situations where students were prey to sexual and physical abusers.”
It is estimated that 60% of the schools were run by the church, an institution Crowchild feels need to be held accountable.
Crowchild said there is a movement to take this to the Geneva Human Rights Courts.
“Perpetrators that are still alive should be taken to court as they did for Nazi war crimes…
There’s a whole group of lawyers … they say we’re going to charge this for crimes against humanity”.