"Hundreds" of unmarked graves found near former Sask. residential school

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The province is creating an $8-million grant program to help efforts to uncover unmarked gravesites at Alberta's residential school sites.

The premier said these discoveries are "stark reminders of the tragedy and lasting impacts of Canada's residential school system, and why we must do more to mark this passage in our country's history".

At the beginning of June, the Muskowekwan First Nation in Saskatchewan held a ceremony to honour the 215 children whose remains were found at a Kamloops residential school site and recognize the 35 unmarked graves found on the site of the Muscowequan Indian Residential School.

The Royal BC Museum and the order of Catholic nuns who staffed the former Kamloops Indian Residential School have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide researchers access to the order's private archives of photographs, financial records and accounts of daily life at the school.

Pope Francis has not offered an apology for the Catholic Church's administration of residential schools, though pressure is growing in the wake of the recent discovery of the remains of 215 children on the grounds of a former residential school in B.C. The statement did not specify numbers.

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The Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan will host a news conference today to announce the "horrific and shocking discovery" of the graves, the FSIN said in a statement.

The recent finding of what are believed to be 215 children's remains buried at the site of a Kamloops, B.C., residential school has magnified interest in the troubling legacy in both the US and Canada.

Communities or organizations can submit a research proposal for a single residential school site to receive a maximum of $150,000. "I urge all Canadians to stand with First Nations in this extremely hard and emotional time", he wrote on Twitter. Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded in its 2015 report that what happened at the schools constituted "cultural genocide".

Clark noted Saskatoon is home to many Cowessess First Nation members.

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