Reconciliation calls for truth, understanding and action for healing
The Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc ‘the people of the confluence’ announced on May 27, 2021 the heartbreaking discovery of the remains of 215 children at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. While unknown at the moment, these children have names. They have families. They come from ancestral homelands near and far.
This tragedy is a reminder that reconciliation is a continuous journey that requires acknowledgement of ongoing and past wrongs, accountability, compassion and cultural sensitivity. It underscores the importance of implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.
The five government partners of the Indigenous-led Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative remember and mourn these children. This story of injustice is still unfolding for these children’s families and residential school survivors and their communities, and our society at large. Reconciliation calls for truth, understanding and action for healing.
Please see the respective statements of each CRSRI partner: