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City's response to the discovery of an unmarked grave at Kamloops Residential School

May 31 2021 –

The City of Vancouver extends our heartfelt condolences to the community of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and Indigenous communities across BC as we join them in mourning the 215 children whose remains were confirmed to be on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Our thoughts are with all Indigenous people who have been impacted by Canada’s residential schools and its intergenerational legacy, and offer our deepest sympathies to all those affected. 
 
We acknowledge the deep-rooted grief, trauma and loss that has been caused by Canada’s residential schools and other colonial systems and policies that were enacted and supported by all levels of government, including Vancouver City Council, and recognize the lasting impact of colonialism in our communities today. We encourage all non-Indigenous residents to join the City’s leadership to pause, reflect and undertake the significant work needed to bring about change. As a City of Reconciliation, we remain committed to upholding the Calls to Action identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, including informing our residents and staff about the truth of what happened in residential schools.
 
We acknowledge this news will be painful for residential school survivors and their families and offer the reminder that the Indian Residential School Survivors Society Emergency Crisis Line is available 24/7 for those that may need counselling or support after receiving this distressing information. Call 1-800-721-0066 or the 24-hr crisis line 1-866-925-4419.