Adviser on unmarked graves says some landowners are refusing access for searches – CTV News

by ahnationtalk on March 21, 2023166 Views

March 21, 2023

OTTAWA – Some private landowners are refusing access to residential school survivors who are looking to perform ceremony or search their properties for possible unmarked graves, a Senate committee heard Tuesday.

Kimberly Murray, who was appointed by the federal government to provide it with advice on how to handle possible burial sites, told senators about her role and the main concerns she says she has heard from Indigenous communities.

“We need access to land,” said Murray. “This is what keeps me awake many nights, thinking about how some things could escalate.”

She said there is currently no federal law in place to protect suspected gravesites or grant communities access to land that is privately owned but is believed to be home to unmarked graves.

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