Over the past days, a mass grave holding the remains of 215 indigenous children was found on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops B.C. In acknowledgement of this tragedy all flags across ErinoakKids’ sites have been lowered to half-mast this morning.
The horrors of the residential school system, its genesis and practices can never be overestimated, for all those children forcibly removed from their homes, cultures, languages and customs, never to return. They, their families and communities suffered immeasurably, and that suffering continues today.
This is yet another stark reminder that reparations to the First Nations have yet to be made, and that the work of Truth and Reconciliation, both individually and collectively, must continue.
Please join us today in honouring the memory of these 215 children, and all children lost to the ravages of colonialism, in this country and beyond.