Mayor's Statement on Kamloops Indian Residential School

MAYOR’S STATEMENT ON KAMLOOPS INDIAN RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL

 

I am both heartbroken and horrified to learn of the recent discovery of 215 indigenous children found in a burial site at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. The pain of this is having a profound effect on all communities in Canada, but it is our Indigenous communities who are most and deeply affected by this news.

The residential school system is a dark chapter of Canadian history that represents nothing short of cultural genocide. Despite time and government initiatives at truth and reconciliation, this disturbing discovery only underscores the mistreatment of Indigenous communities and re-opens wounds that never truly healed. The fact these children were taken from their communities and never returned to their families is a tragedy and injustice of indescribable proportions.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc people and other Indigenous peoples as they grapple with the realities of this tragedy and work tirelessly at repatriating members of their communities in accordance with cultural protocols.

Mayor Jeff Jordan

 

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