It is with great sadness that we learned of the remains of 215 children found on the grounds of the Kamloops Residential School. We understand the grief and pain affecting the First Nations people of Turtle Island. We grieve with them.
The children were buried in graves that were unmarked and unknown. Their families were not allowed to give their children a proper burial if they were notified at all.
Residential schools were established by the Canadian government in the 1880s and run by religious orders and churches. The Kamloops school was run by the Roman Catholic Church until 1969.
The discovery of the children’s bodies may shock many Canadians but it is not a surprise to Indigenous people. This has been known and was reported to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) by the survivors of residential schools. The TRC issued a report 5 years ago detailing the harsh treatment inflicted on Indigenous children at residential schools where it is estimated 3,200 children died of illness, abuse and neglect.
Apologies are not enough.
We cannot allow this systemic racism to ever happen again.
Seniors Hub Council