In a significant turn of events, the excavation of a Catholic church basement on the grounds of a former Manitoba residential school has yielded no evidence of human remains.
The results of the four week excavation at the former Manitoba residential school site were announced quietly late Friday afternoon.
By using radar technology, 14 “anomalies” were previously detected at the site. This led to frenzied speculation by the media that mass graves existed, consisting of Indigenous children who were forced to attend the residential school.
Of course, this finding doesn’t mean no bodies exist at any former residential site, and it doesn’t mean there wasn’t abuse at the site in question — or any site, for that matter.
But it does mean that, to this day, no human remains have been found at any former residential school in Canada.
Media in Canada first reported on mass graves at residential schools in May 2021. Archeologists detected what they believed to be 200 unmarked graves at an old school in Kamloops, British Columbia.
To this date, no excavations of that site has occurred. Local elders have cited intergenerational trauma as the reason for leaving potential proof of a genocide buried.
The 200 “unmarked graves” in Kamloops were identified by the same technology that identified the 14 in Manitoba, which we now know turned out to be nothing more than a pile of rocks underground.
Even to this day, the CBC has been hellbent on perpetuating a ‘mass graves’ interpretation of said anomalies that have been detected at various former residential school sites.
The media’s absolute worst interpretation of the anomalies inspired protests and terrorist arson across the country.
Since the mass graves announcement, at least 83 churches have been burned to the ground or vandalized.
Late on Friday, Chief Derek Nepinak of Minegoziibe Anishinabe shared the results of the excavation that turned up nothing.
It takes “nothing away from the difficult truths experienced by our families who attended the residential school in Pine Creek,” he said.
The Pine Creek school in Manitoba was in use between 1890 – 1969, run by the Catholic Church.