Statement on Kamloops Residential School burial site

CLBC’s Board and staff are deeply saddened to learn of the 215 children whose lives were tragically taken at a former Kamloops residential school within the Secwépemc Nation territory. Our hearts go out to their families and all survivors and families of residential schools for the trauma they have endured.

We hope the Indigenous Peoples we support, their families and their communities will find healing, and we stand with you on this journey. There are mental health and wellness resources available to support Indigenous Peoples, which you can find on the First Nations Health Authority website here.

Today we honour the lives of these children. We also recognize the importance of Orange Shirt Day each year on September 30 to honour survivors, create awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and support meaningful reconciliation where healing is supported, rights are respected and Indigenous languages and cultures are able to thrive. CLBC is committed to this reconciliation.

Ross Chilton
Community Living BC

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