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For the week of June 6, 2021:

The Tk’emlups (Kamloops Indian Band) shocked Canada when it said ground-penetrating radar found evidence of 215 children buried at the former Kamloops residential school.

Forensic anthropology Prof. Erin Kimmerle led the investigation of unmarked graves in Marianna, Fla. (USFChannel/YouTube)

Band leaders are keeping the expert report under wraps until later in June. 

The investigation will take tens of millions of dollars and several years to learn the children’s names and why they never made it home.

Those were facts that Erin Kimmerle sought to answer about unmarked graves at a former reform school for boys in the Florida panhandle.

The forensic anthropologist and head of the University of South Florida’s institute of forensic anthropology and applied science is the featured guest on this edition of Podcast.

Hear Kimmerle recount the ups and downs of the investigation at the former Dozier School, where boys deemed juvenile delinquents died from a dormitory fire, flu epidemics, neglect and abuse and were buried in secret on the grounds of the 1900-opened facility.

“Everyone deserves access to the justice system and this is about providing that access, so that whatever that problem is — time or jurisdiction or something else — is an obstacle that can be overcome,” Kimmerle told Podcast host Bob Mackin. “[Victims’ families] deserve the truth, they have a right to have those remains returned to them.”

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