TORONTO — The spring and summer in Canada were marked by one grim announcement after the next.
Several Indigenous groups said they had uncovered evidence of hundreds of unmarked graves on or near the sites of former residential schools, thrusting the terror of Canada’s mistreatment of Indigenous people back into the spotlight and unleashing a nationwide tide of grief and anger.
Cities canceled Canada Day celebrations. Statues of the leaders who created the residential school system were brought down. Canadians laid children’s shoes on the steps of public buildings in makeshift memorials. There was cautious optimism that the findings would spur a real reckoning.
But halfway through a 36-day federal election campaign, as Canadians prepare to choose a prime minister, reconciliation and Indigenous affairs have received little attentionon the campaign trail.