Commission releases interim report into unmarked graves at residential schools

OTTAWA- An interim report from an international group hired to provide advice on identifying and locating the unmarked graves of children who attended residential schools says Canada should continue funding searches beyond 2025. The report from the International Commission on Missing Persons, based in The Hague, covers the work done so far and suggests next steps. It also recommends there should be a multijurisdictional dialogue to support the needs of communities and for Ottawa to ratify the United Nations International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. “States have the responsibility to find all missing persons, regardless of their background,” Kathryne Bomberger, director-general of the commission, said Thursday in Ottawa. Ottawa launched the Residential Schools Missing Children Community Support Fund in June 2021. The money is for…

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