Honouring and Mourning 215 Indigenous Children

We join others across the country in grief as we reflect on the trauma experienced by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and Indigenous peoples.

June 1, 2021

We join others across the country in grief as we reflect on the trauma experienced by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and Indigenous peoples at the discovery of the remains of 215 children in an unmarked grave at the Kamloops Residential School. We cannot imagine the agony and anguish Indigenous families have gone through and continue to go through; however, we can honour the memories of the children and their families.

At the Vanier Institute of the Family, we seek to understand families, including the experiences of Indigenous families across the country. As researchers, our role is to learn and to teach. While our focus is communication, we have no words to describe the pain experienced by Indigenous families and communities throughout Canada’s history.

In keeping with our commitment to the 94 Calls to Action set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we will continue to work with Indigenous researchers and stakeholders who study, serve and support Indigenous families to better understand intergenerational trauma resulting from the residential school system, the child welfare system and the justice system.

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