“This history is not a proud part of Canadian history but it is also one that we all need to participate in to truly move forward and move forward together,” Moe said on Wednesday.
Ted Quewezance, the former chief of the First Nation and a residential school survivor said the locations scanned were identified by survivors and knowledge keepers from oral history.
“Ground-penetrating radar simply validated our oral history,” he said Tuesday.
Quewezance said there were 42 hits at Fort Pelly and 12 hits at St. Philips. There could be more graves but searches were put on pause due to snow.
The provincial government partnered with the FSIN last year to provide $2 million to be used for the resources needed to identify where the unmarked graves are and who they belong to.
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Quewezance said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology “didn’t come from the heart” and “was just politics.”
“There wasn’t a next step to his apology,” Quewezance said.
Following the announcement on Tuesday, Trudeau called the news “profoundly heartbreaking.”
“To the members of the community: We are here for you,” Trudeau said in a tweet.
“There are no words that can convey the pain, trauma, and many other emotions that are felt in moments like this. It is by telling the truth that we will honour and lift up the memory of those who never came home from these so-called schools.”
The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line (1-866-925-4419) is available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience.
— with files from David Giles