Vandal damages memorial to unmarked student graves at Mohawk Institute

SIX NATIONS — The makeshift memorial on the steps of the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School on Six Nations territory was destroyed by a vandal Friday night.

WCC Director Janice Monture says the person was caught on security camera and arrived at the WCC at 10:30 p.m. Friday evening and stayed until 1:00 a.m..

The individual removed items from the memorial, built a fire and burned some of the items and constructed a circle out of some of the other items in what was reported by some as appearing to have been some kind of suspected ritual or ceremonial event — where the vandal utilized a Virgin Mary, crucifix and yellow candles.

Police were on scene Saturday afternoon investigating.

Monture said the staff at WCC replaced the items, which the vandal had scattered and thrown across the front entryway and signage to the site.

The Brantford Police Service are working alongside the Six Nations Police Service to investigate. In a statment, BPS says, “Both agencies condemn the criminal acts of the suspect, who is believed to have acted alone, and remain committed to holding them accountable for their actions.”

Police released a surveillance photo of the suspect with the hope that someone is able to identify the individual.

Anyone who may have information is asked to contact Det. Justin Torek of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 ext. 2812 or Acting Det. Sgt. Justin Isaacs of the Six Nations Police Service at 519-445-2811.

Anonymous information can be provided to Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a web tip online at: 

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