Honouring the 215 children, their families and community

At Central City Foundation, in keeping with our commitment to Truth, Justice & Reconciliation, we know it is important to speak out at this time and acknowledge the terrible history of colonialism that has been made visible again with the uncovering of the hidden burial grounds of 215 children who attended the Kamloops residential school. No words are sufficient to express the care we wish to extend to the community of Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc, the survivors and the relatives of these children. We also recognize that this evidence of atrocity and the tragic legacy of the residential schools, the many policies and practices of colonialism and anti-Indigenous racism continue to cause untold harm to Indigenous peoples in our community to this day. We want to add our voice to the calls for all Canadians to learn the truth of our shared history, to read or read again the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and to take action to support the implementation of their recommendations. We will continue to amplify the voices of our community partners who are joining the many calls to action at this time.

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