Government-run boarding schools in Canada were part of a policy to try to absorb Aboriginal children and destroy Aboriginal cultures and languages.
It brought news of the remains of 215 children found in one of these institutions هذه New interest in its lasting effect.
Canada issued an official apology to former boarding school students in 2008, calling them “a sad chapter in our history”.
The Catholic Church, which runs many schools, has not apologized directly.
But in a speech on Sunday, Pope Francis said he was pained by the discovery of the remains and urged Canadian political and religious leaders to “collaborate insistently” to highlight the discovery and seek reconciliation and healing.
Resident school survivor Geraldine Lee Chingos spoke to the BBC about the abuse she experienced as a child at an institution in Saskatchewan – and what is needed for reconciliation.
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