The Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation has found the remains of 215 children at the former site of the Kamloops B.C. Indian Residential School.
Kenjgewin Teg joins our First Nation brothers and sisters in grieving and mourning these truths as they again uncover themselves to the world. As a place of learning, Kenjgewin Teg shares in this pain as this is only one place that many of our children have died, in total disregard of their humanity given to us by our Creator.
Kenjgewin Teg believes it is not coincidental that the spirits of these children have returned for justice and to remind the world of the true history of Canada yet again. The remains of children as young as 3 years old have been found; these children were unable to defend themselves in the atrocities of tragic residential school experiences. These children have come back to be heard and are a reminder that more truths and injustices are yet and need to be heard. Multi-generational trauma from a government-supported residential school policy, missing and murdered women, and the 60’s Scoop are only but few legacies in Canada’s history that continue to surface and resurface as reminders that much work is yet to be done.
Finding “reconciliation” that is meaningful and which outwardly demonstrates the restoration of justice through the design of self-governance by First Nations people will allow our enriched cultural identities to flourish, be shared, and for all to participate in equity and equality.
Kenjgewin Teg lowers our school flag in solidarity and heartfelt condolences for the loss of 215 young spirits.