Driver charged with driving into Indigenous parade last June | Native Residential Schools

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A driver is charged with driving into an aboriginal parade last June | Residential schools for aboriginals

Children attended an annual march to honor survivors of the former St. Mary's, in Mission, British Columbia, on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

A 77-year-old man, Richard Albert Manuel, is charged with dangerous driving and running over several participants during a walk in memory of residential school survivors in Mission, British Columbia.

The incident happened on June 4 as dozens of people marched down Lougheed Road near the former Indian residential school St. Mary's.

Witnesses said the driver of a blue Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck made racist comments and outright threats before driving into at least four people. They added that the latter then left the scene.

One ​​of those affected suffered a concussion and hip injuries. Another was taken to hospital.

In a statement released in the days following the incident, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said the driver grew impatient and attempted to drive around the group despite the risks. The statement also noted that officers did not believe the driver was targeting the participants or their cause, and that the participants had not spoken to him.

This description of the facts was rejected by walkers and community leaders. It was subsequently removed from the RCMP website.

St. Mary's Congregation operated two Native residential schools in the Mission area for more than a century before closing in 1984.

The June 4 Memorial Walk in Mission was organized by the group Crazy Indians Brotherhood after the discovery of possible unidentified graves on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in May 2021. This discovery led to a take of national conscience about the tragic events that unfolded in residential schools for Aboriginal people in Canada.

In Kamloops, “the cries of missing children were heard”

Those participating in the march demanded that the grounds of St. Mary's Residential School be searched using penetrating radar to determine the presence of possible unidentified graves. identified.

Richard Albert Manuel is due to appear in court on January 9, 2023.

A call center to help former Residential Schools for Natives and Affected People was established by the Indian Residential School Survivors Society. Support services are available 24/7 at 1-866-925-4419.

Support services are also available in English and French from Kids Help Phone for people between the ages of 5 and 20. Dial 1-800-M668-6868 or text 686868.

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