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Statement on the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School

The King’s University flags were lowered to half-mast in memory and in deep sadness for the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. The flags will remain lowered for 215 hours; one hour for every child found in the unmarked grave. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to the people of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, where this tragedy is closest, to all Indigenous communities, and to the Indigenous members of our university community who are feeling the trauma of this discovery.

The Hon. Senator Murray Sinclair often said, “Education has gotten us into this mess, and education will get us out.” While progress has been made exposing the truth of the Canada’s history of genocide, as a Christian university we acknowledge there is still much work of repentance and reconciliation to be done.

The King’s University is committed to justice for the survivors of Indian Residential Schools, reconciliation with Canada’s aboriginal population, and acknowledge that the campus is located on Treaty 6 lands. Treaty 6 territory is the traditional meeting grounds and home for many Indigenous peoples, including Cree, Papaschase, Saulteaux, Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Métis, and Nakota Sioux. We will continue to advocate for justice and dignity for residential school survivors, to speak out against racism, marginalization and systemic injustices, and to make King’s a hospitable place where all are welcome.

 

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