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(CANADA) Leaders of indigenous groups have said on Thursday that more than 600-bodies in unmarked graves have been found at a residential school #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.26: Leaders of Indigenous groups in Canada said Thursday investgators have found more than 600 unmarked graves at the site of a former residential school for Indigenous children — a discovery that follows last month’s report of 215 bodies found at another school:

#AceDailyNews says this is the second report with 215-bodies being found at schools last month and now the latest of over 600 bodies found at the Marieval Indian Residential School operated for nearly 100 years according to the

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The bodies were discovered at the Marieval Indian Residential School, which operated from 1899 to 1997 where the Cowessess First Nation is now located, about 85 miles east of Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan.

A search with ground-penetrating radar resulted in 751 ‘’hits,” indicating that at least 600 bodies were buried in the area, said Chief Cadmus Delorme of the Cowessess. The radar operators have said their results could have a margin of error of 10%.

Cowichan Tribe member Benny George holds his child Bowie, 3, on his shoulders as they listen during a ceremony and vigil for the 215 children whose remains were found buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, Monday, June 21, 2021. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

“We want to make sure when we tell our story that we’re not trying to make numbers sound bigger than they are,” Delorme said. “I like to say over 600, just to be assured.”

He said the search continues and the radar hits will be assessed by a technical team and the numbers will be verified in coming weeks.

Delorme said that the graves were marked at one time, but that the Roman Catholic Church that operated the school had removed the markers.

On Twitter, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “terribly saddened” to learn of the latest discovery.

“My heart breaks for the Cowessess First Nation following the discovery of Indigenous children buried at the former Marieval Residential School,” he said, adding that ‘’we will tell the truth about these injustices.”

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said the entire province mourns the discovery of the unmarked graves.

Florence Sparvier, 80, said she attended the Marieval Indian Residential School.

“The nuns were very mean to us,” she said. “We had to learn how to be Roman Catholic. We couldn’t say our own little blessings.”

Nuns at the school were “condemning about our people” and the pain inflicted continues generations later, Sparvier said.

“We learned how to not like who we were,” she said. “That has gone on and it’s still going on.”

Last month the remains of 215 children, some as young as 3 years old, were found buried on the site of what was once Canada’s largest Indigenous residential school near Kamloops, British Columbia.

Following that discovery, Pope Francis expressed his pain over the discovery and pressed religious and political authorities to shed light on “this sad affair.” But he didn’t offer the apology sought by First Nations and by the Canadian government.

“An apology is one stage in the way of a healing journey,” Delorme said.

“This was a crime against humanity, an assault on First Nations,” said Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous First Nations in Saskatchewan. He said he expects more graves will be found on residential school grounds across Canada.

“We will not stop until we find all the bodies,” he said.

From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend state-funded Christian schools, the majority of them run by Roman Catholic missionary congregations, in a campaign to assimilate them into Canadian society.

The Canadian government has admitted that physical and sexual abuse was rampant in the schools, with students beaten for speaking their native languages.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Jun.26: 2021:

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(CANADA) JUST IN: The remains of 215 children, some as young as three years old, have been found buried on the site of what was once the largest Indigenous residential school — one of the institutions that held children forcibly taken from families across the nation #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.31: More bodies may be found because there were more areas to search on the school grounds, Ms Casimir said: Earlier she called the discovery an “unthinkable loss that was spoken about but never documented at the Kamloops Indian Residential School”

CANADA: Chief Rosanne Casimir of the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation said ground-penetrating radar was used to confirm the find that hundreds of children’s remains discovered at what was Canada’s largest Indigenous school

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The main administrative building at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in 1970
More bodies could be found because there are more areas to search on the school grounds(Reuters: Library and Archives Canada/Handout)

A report more than five years ago by a Truth and Reconciliation Commission detailed harsh mistreatment inflicted on Indigenous children at the institutions.

It said at least 3,200 children had died amid abuse and neglect, and there were reports of at least 51 deaths at the Kamloops school alone between 1915 and 1963.

“This really resurfaces the issue of residential schools and the wounds from this legacy of genocide towards Indigenous people,” Terry Teegee, Assembly of First Nations regional chief for British Columbia, said.

A new classroom building at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in 1950
Students at the school were forcibly removed from their families and subject to abuse and neglect.(Reuters: Library and Archives Canada/Handout)

British Columbia Premier John Horgan said he was “horrified and heartbroken” to learn of the discovery, calling it a tragedy of “unimaginable proportions” that highlighted the violence of the residential school system.

The Kamloops school operated between 1890 and 1969, when the Canadian government took over operations from the Catholic Church and operated it as a day school until it closed in 1978.

Ms Casimir said it was believed the deaths were undocumented but a local museum archivist was working with the Royal British Columbia Museum to see if any records of the deaths could be found as Canada acknowledges ‘colonial genocide’As more members of the Commonwealth, including Britain, delve into its bloody past, how are other settler-colonial states dealing with renewed efforts to challenge their histories?

“Given the size of the school, with up to 500 students registered and attending at any one time, we understand that this confirmed loss affects First Nations communities across British Columbia and beyond,” Ms Casimir said.

‘Extremely painful’

Kamloops Indian Residential School
British Columbia’s Premier says the discovery has left him “horrified and heartbroken”.(AP: Andrew Snucins/The Canadian Press)

Ms Casimir said officials were informing community members who had children who attended the school.

The First Nations Health Authority called the discovery of the children’s remains “extremely painful” and said in a website posting that it would: “have a significant impact on the Tk’emlúps community and in the communities served by this residential school.”

The authority’s CEO, Richard Jock, said the discovery illustrated “the damaging and lasting impacts that the residential school system continues to have on First Nations people, their families and communities”.

Nicole Schabus, a law professor at Thompson Rivers University, said each of her first-year law students at the Kamloops university spent at least one day at the former residential school speaking with survivors about the conditions they endured.

She said she did not hear survivors talk about an unmarked grave area, “but they all talk about the kids who didn’t make it”.

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#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: May.31: 2021:

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Archaeological Report: Granada, in Spain’s Andalusia region, was the final remnant of Islamic Iberia known as al-Andalus—a territory that once stretched across most of Spain & Portugal #AceHistoryDesk report

#AceHistoryReport – Apr.16: In the aftermath, native Andalusians, who were Muslims, were permitted to continue practicing their religion. But after a decade of increasingly hostile religious policing from the new Catholic regime, practicing Islamic traditions and rituals was outlawed. Recent archaeological excavations in Granada, however, have uncovered evidence of Muslim food practices continuing in secret for decades after the conquest.

Archaeology sheds light on the persistence of Muslim cuisine after the Catholic conquest of Granada: In 1492, the city fell to the Catholic conquest.

Archaeology sheds light on the persistence of Muslim cuisine after the Catholic conquest of Granada
Andalusi communal dining bowls known as ‘ataifores’ in El Legado Andalusí, Museum of the Alhambra, Granada. Author provided

The term “Morisco,” which means “little moor,” was used to refer to native Muslims who were forced to convert to Catholicism in 1502, following an edict issued by the Crown of Castile. Similar decrees were issued in the kingdoms of Navarre and Aragon in the following decades, which provoked armed uprisings. 

As a result, between 1609 and 1614, the Moriscos were expelled from the various kingdoms of Spain. Muslims had already been expelled from Portugal by the end of the 15th century. So this brought to an end more than eight centuries of Islamic culture in Iberia.

For many, the conquest of Granada is symbolized by the Alhambra. This hilltop fortress, once the palatial residence of the Islamic Nasrid rulers, became a royal court under the new Catholic regime. Today it is the most visited historical monument in Spain and the best-preserved example of medieval Islamic architecture in the world. Now, archaeology provides us with new opportunities to glimpse the conquest’s impact on local Andalusi communities, far beyond the Alhambra’s walls.

Archaeology sheds light on the persistence of Muslim cuisine after the Catholic conquest of Granada
The Alhambra, Granada. Author provided

Uncovering historical remains in Cartuja

Excavations ahead of development on the University of Granada’s campus in Cartuja, a hill on the outskirts of the modern city, uncovered traces of human activity dating back as far as the Neolithic period (3400-3000 BC). 

Between the 13th to 15th centuries AD, the heyday of Islamic Granada, numerous cármenes (small houses with gardens and orchards) and almunias (small palaces belonging to the Nasrid elite) were built on this hill. Then, in the decades following the Catholic conquest, a Carthusian monastery was built here and the surroundings were completely transformed, with many earlier buildings demolished. 

Archaeologists uncovered a well attached to a house and agricultural plot. The well was used as a rubbish dump for the disposal of unwanted construction materials. Other waste was also found, including a unique collection of animal bones dating to the second quarter of the 16th century.

Archaeology sheds light on the persistence of Muslim cuisine after the Catholic conquest of Granada
The campus of the University of Granada at Cartuja. Credit: University of Granada, Author provided

Archaeological traces of culinary practices

Discarded waste from food preparation and consumption in archaeological deposits—mostly animal bone fragments as well as plant remains and ceramic tableware—provide an invaluable record of the culinary practices of past households. Animal bones, in particular, can sometimes be connected with specific diets adhered to by different religious communities. 

The majority of bones in the well in Cartuja derived from sheep, with a small number from cattle. The older age of the animals, mostly castrated males, and the presence of meat-rich parts indicates they were cuts prepared by professional butchers and procured from a market, rather than reared locally by the household.

The ceramics found alongside the bones reflected Andalusi dining practices, which involved a group of people sharing food from large bowls called ataifores. The presence of these bowls rapidly decreased in Granada in the early 16th century. Smaller vessels, reflecting the more individualistic approach to dining preferred by Catholic households, replaced the ataifores. So the combination of large bowls, sheep bones paired and the absence of pig (pork would have been avoided by Muslims) points to a Morisco household.

Archaeology sheds light on the persistence of Muslim cuisine after the Catholic conquest of Granada
Uncovering the animal bones in the well. Author provided

Politicizing and policing dining

The Catholic regime disapproved of these communal dining practices, which were associated with Andalusi Muslim identity, and eventually banned them. The consumption of pork became the most famous expression of policing dining habits by the Holy Office, more popularly known as the Inquisition. Echoes of this dining revolution can be seen today in the role of pork in Spanish cuisine, including in globally exported cured meats such as chorizo and jamón.

Previously focusing on those suspected of clinging to Jewish practices (forbidden in 1492), in the second half of the 16th century, the Inquisition increasingly turned its attention to Moriscos suspected of practicing Islam in secret, which included avoiding pork. In the eyes of the law, these Muslims were officially Catholic so were seen as heretics if they continued to adhere to their earlier faith. Moreover, since religious and political allegiance became equated, they were also regarded as enemies of the state.

The discarded waste from Cartuja, the first such archaeological example from a Morisco household, demonstrates how some Andalusi families clung to their traditional dining culture as their world was transformed, at least for a few decades:

#AceHistoryDesk report ……..Published: Apr.16: 2021:

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