About That Rumor The Queen Abducted Indigenous Children in Kamloops, Canada

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A discovery of the unmarked graves at Kamloops Indian Residential School brought up a years-old rumor.
Since at least 2013, readers have been asking Snopes about a rumor that to some may have sounded outlandish. Did Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, visit Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, Canada, in 1964 and abduct 10 indigenous children?

The rumor came into focus again in late May 2021 with a horrific discovery made by the Tk'emlups te Secwépemc First Nation. Working with a ground penetrating radar specialist, Chief Rosanne Casimir announced the discovery of unmarked burials of 215 children on school grounds.

"We had a knowing in our community that we were able to verify. To our knowledge, these missing children are undocumented deaths," Casimir said in a statement about the discovery.

Kamloops was the largest school in the Canadian government's residential school system for indigenous children. The schools were run by churches and operated between the late 1800s and the 1990s. They were meant to eradicate indigenous cultures in what Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission called cultural genocide. Extreme abuse and neglect of children at the schools was the norm, not the exception.

The Commission previously reported that at least 4,100 children died at 130 such schools across the country, with disease and maltreatment being the most prevalent causes. The number of deaths, however, is likely far higher than that count. Many times, families of the children were not informed of their deaths and the bodies were never returned.

We will explore the rumor, including what we know and don't know.

Where Did the Rumor About the Queen Come From?

In February 2010, a man named William Arnold Combes made a statement about an incident he recalled while a student at Kamloops. Combes identified himself as a spirit dancer and member of the Interior Salish, an indigenous community spanning the U.S. Pacific Northwest and southwest Canada.

Combes' statement is extremely traumatic. He states that while a child resident at Kamloops, he…
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