WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C.-The chief of the Williams Lake First Nation says he would support excavating possible unmarked graves at the site of the former St. Joseph’s Mission residential school if that’s what elders and the community decide is best. But the decision is complex, involving dozens of other First Nations whose children also attended the institution, numerous landowners, potential DNA tests, multiple levels of government, the coroner and the RCMP. All that is in addition to the anxiety Chief Willie Sellars said he has about ensuring there isn’t more trauma for survivors if bodies are found. “I really start stressing out when I start thinking about excavation,” Sellars said in an interview. “And we’re going to get there, I would imagine, but it’s not going to happen overnight.” The First
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