Posted on May 9, 2024

No Bodies Found After Spending $8 Million Searching for Bodies at Kamloops Residential School

Western Standard, May 9, 2024

The Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations has confirmed significant spending to try and uncover the “heartbreaking truth” of potential unmarked graves at the Indian Residential School in Kamloops, BC.

However, despite the allocation of $7.9 million for this purpose, no remains have been recovered, and there has been no public disclosure of how the funds were utilized, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Carolane Gratton, spokesperson for the department, confirmed the allocation of $7.9 million for various endeavors including fieldwork, records searches, and securing the Residential School grounds.


The announcement of the discovery of 215 children’s graves at the Kamloops Residential School site by the First Nation in 2021 prompted an international outcry.

However, despite this revelation, no remains have been recovered to date. The government’s response included lowering the Peace Tower flag for 161 days, allocating $3.1 million for a national Residential Schools Student Death Register, and earmarking $238.8 million for a Residential Schools Missing Children Community Support Fund, which expires in 2025.