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The mounting mental health toll of colonial reckoning
A burial ground with 751 unmarked graves was uncovered this week near the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. Many details are still unknown, but it's believed both children and adults were buried there. What is clear is that a collective grief is mounting — with this news coming just weeks after the remains of 215 children were found on the grounds near a residential school in Kamloops, B.C. Dr. Nel Wieman is psychiatrist and the acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the First Nations Health Authority in B.C. She's also President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada. She speaks to Common about the toll on survivors of the schools and Indigenous communities, and what support is needed to help people deal with looming mental health crises — as well as how people can manage their grief in this moment.