The dominance of traditional indigenous spirituality allowed a former Kamloops IRS student to recently claim that he wanted the alleged burial site left undisturbed. Exhumation would only prove what has already been established by GPR, he said. “The remains are there. What more proof do they want?”

Despite the student’s stand on this issue, thousands more children could easily be found in their final bureaucratically buried resting place: carefully preserved school, church, and government records. This would only happen if the relevant parties—the NCTR, indigenous activists, band leaders, curious journalists, impartial scholars, and family members—showed any interest in doing so.

So far, these parties prefer to support fruitless GPR studies that have not turned up a single “missing” body.

Hymie Rubenstein - retired professor of anthropology at the University of Manitoba.

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