CHRC stands with Indigenous peoples in this difficult time

June 24, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Human Rights Commission

"We stand together in solidarity, grief and pain with the Cowessess First Nation of Saskatchewan over this latest discovery of hundreds upon hundreds of unmarked children’s graves at the former Marieval residential school site. We stand with residential school survivors and their families, Indigenous leaders and the entire Cowessess First Nation.

"We strongly urge the federal, provincial and territorial governments to provide the financial support needed to locate and honour all unmarked graves at all former residential school sites in Canada.

"As more unmarked graves are uncovered at residential school sites across the country, the Commission encourages everyone in Canada to stand together in solidarity with Indigenous peoples, and to learn the truth about what happened.

"It is important, as these discoveries continue, not to let these growing numbers become just statistics. Each and every single unmarked grave found is significant and devastating."

Marie-Claude Landry is Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

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