Good Morning Saints,
On May 27, 2021, the buried remains of 215 children, some as young as three years old, were found at the site of the Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia. The school operated as a residential school from 1890 to 1969, which was then turned into a day school until finally closing in 1978. The building still stands and is located on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.
So many lives have been negatively impacted by the residential school system which was systematically introduced as a way to destroy Indigenous cultures, languages, families, and ways of being. The lasting impact of these schools and findings like this most recent one is real, sad and for many, very disturbing.
June is “Indigenous History Month”. Residential schools are a part of the history of this country we now call Canada, and they continue to impact Indigenous people today. It is essential that we acknowledge what happened, remember it, and speak about it. Truth must come before reconciliation. Those looking to learn more about the impact of Residential Schools might want to begin by reading the Calls to Action (http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf) identified by the Truth and reconciliation Commission.
Please remember that as we continue to serve many Indigenous students, staff and community members who will be deeply affected by these finding to be there for one another, your friends and classmates, and as always, please know that we are here for you at the school. If you need to reach out today, please do so.
Thank you for your continued support of our school and the community members associated with it.
Be well, Saints.