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Two weeks after the discovery of the remains of 215 children buried at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., what have we learned? If the COVID-19 crisis in Kashechewan, Ont., is any indication: not much. So soon after politicians appeared in front of news cameras to express their horror and outrage over the 215 lost children, some as young as three, the Kashechewan First Nation is in the midst of a preventable third wave that has heavily infected children, some as young as seven weeks. Just a couple of days ago, the youngest was four months old. Kashechewan has a population of around 2,000. There were 232 active COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, the CBC reported, with more than half being kids under 12. The rate of infection is more than one out of every 10 residents. Media has been largely silent — politicians outside of the NDP even more so. When COVID raged through marginalized populations in Toronto-area Peel Region, where multigenerational households of six to eight people are common, there was at least outcry. In Kashechewan, it’s common to find 18 people living in a three-bedroom home.

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