OTTAWA – Another 182 unmarked graves have been discovered near another church-run indigenous school site in Canada - the third such incident during the last month.
Reports in international media cited that a third indigenous community in the North American country claimed the discovery of unmarked graves near the site of a former Catholic-run residential school for indigenous children.
With the addition of nearly 200 graves, the total number of such graves surpassed a mark of 1,000.
Authorities used ground-penetrating radar to locate the remains of young ones, aged seven to 15, at the former St Eugene's Mission School near Cranbrook, British Columbia. They are believed to be the remains of members of bands of the Ktunaxa nation, which includes the Lower Kootenay, and neighboring indigenous communities.
The ongoing findings of such graves have become humiliation for Canadian officials while calls have grown on the Christian authorities to make an apology to survivors of the schools that were run by the Catholic Church on behalf of the federal government till the 70s.
The children of Canada's First Nations were forcibly enrolled in 139 residential reform educational institutions in which they faced physical and emotional abuse by teachers and principals who refused them the right to speak their language and forcefully enforce their culture on them.
A commission of investigation established that Canada had committed ‘cultural genocide’ and conceded 4,000 had died in the process of forced assimilation.
Meanwhile, the Chief of the Lower Kootenay Band called the findings ‘deeply personal’ since he had relatives attend the school. ‘It's a mass murder of Indigenous people and let's call this for what it is,’ he told a Canadian news outlet during an interview.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also addressed the heinous issue and called it a ‘harmful government policy.’
Earlier, two different Catholic churches in British Columbia were destroyed by overnight fires on Monday as law enforcers are treating both incidents as suspicious.
Reports in international media cited law enforcers they got mixed feelings after a Catholic church burned to the ground in an overnight fire, one of two Catholic churches in the area that were destroyed in blazes that police consider suspicious.
Pakistani rupee advanced its winning momentum against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market amid strong economic cues.
On Saturday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.15 for buying and 287.95 for selling.
Euro moves down to 309.9 for buying and 310.5 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 359.4 for buying, and 360.05 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED also moved down to 77.45 whereas the Saudi Riyal drops to 75.82.
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||359.4||360.05|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.38||36.48|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||173.44||175.44|
The price of gold fell by thousands of rupees as precious metal lost shine despite an upward trend in the international market.
On Saturday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs217,300 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs186,300.
Meanwhile, single tola of 22 Karat gold costs Rs199,190, 21 karat rate costs Rs190,138 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,975.
Globally, gold prices hover at around $2072, gaining $32 on Saturday.
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|Karachi||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Islamabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Peshawar||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Quetta||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sialkot||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Attock||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujranwala||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Jehlum||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Multan||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Gujrat||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nawabshah||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Chakwal||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Hyderabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Nowshehra||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Sargodha||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Faisalabad||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|
|Mirpur||PKR 217,300||PKR 2,705|