While Indigenous families have held and shared the stories of the Indian Residential Schools for generations, locating the remains of 215 children in unmarked graves at what was the Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation land has brought the truth of those stories into sharp focus. The evidence gathered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission indicates that there are more such sites across the country. The impact of this confirmation will continue to reverberate as new information comes to light.
We encourage everyone to seek understanding about the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, and to recognize that historical wrongs have ongoing impacts. We can all help create a more just society by keeping the memory of these children alive, and by standing together against injustice. Please see Volume 4 of the Truth and Reconciliation Report Missing Children and Unmarked Burials, The Missing Children Project, and the Legacy of Hope Foundation. CLEBC will continue taking action to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, and the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry Calls for Justice, in our work providing lifelong learning for the legal profession.