The best press photo in the world – a tribute to the children who died in Canadian residential schools

The prize for the best press photo in the world went to a photo showing dresses and crosses in memory of hundreds of children who died after being forcibly relocated to residential schools in Canada.

This photo won this year’s award for the best press photo in the world, organized each year by World Press Photo. The crosses with the robes are in memory of the children who died at the Kamloop Residential School in British Columbia, Canada. Last year, 215 unmarked graves were discovered on school grounds.

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The photo was taken by Canadian photographer Amber Bracken for The New York Times. It’s part of a series Bracken took to the Kamloop boarding school, where children from the nation’s indigenous people were placed to be forcibly assimilated into the culture of the majority population.

– This is the type of image that burns in your memory. It evokes a sort of sultry reaction, head of the jury Rena Effendi said Thursday.

– I almost hear the silence in this image, a quiet moment for global recognition of the history of colonization, not only in Canada, but across the world, she says.

In May last year, a large number of unmarked graves were discovered with the remains of 215 children at the site of the former British Columbia boarding school in western Canada.

Since then, more than 1,000 unmarked graves have been discovered near former boarding schools run by religious groups. The results shed light on a dark chapter in Canadian history and the large-scale forced assimilation of Indigenous peoples.

A total of 150,000 children from the country’s indigenous population were educated in 139 such schools between the end of the 19th century and the 1990s. They were separated from their families and cut off from the language and culture of the peoples. indigenous. Many children have died due to poor conditions in schools.

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