Unmarked graves found at site of Residential School in B.C.’s Gulf Islands

More than 160 "undocumented and unmarked" graves confirmed on Penelakut Island

There has been another discovery of unmarked graves near a residential school site in B.C.

Kuper Island Industrial School
Kuper Island Industrial School

Penelakut Tribe Chief Joan Brown says more than 160 “undocumented and unmarked” graves have been confirmed on Penelakut Island, formerly Kuper Island.

The small island, in B.C.’s southern Gulf Islands, was home to the Kuper Island Industrial School. It operated from 1890 until 1975.

“We understand that many of our brothers and sisters from our neighbouring communities attended the Kuper Island Industrial School. We also recognized, with a tremendous amount of grief and loss, that too many did not return home,” Brown said in a statement.

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre website, says a survey conducted at Kuper Island Industrial School in 1896 determined that 107 of 264 former students were dead.

images via Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre