It is with sadness that the number of remains of undocumented Indigenous children and others continue to climb as we uncover more unmarked graves near former residential schools across the country. This tragedy and ongoing discovery has emphasized the continued and lasting impact such institutions have had on Indigenous Canadians.
CPABC would like to acknowledge the tragedy that took place in our province, which includes the devastating findings at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory, the St. Eugene’s Mission Residential School in the Ktunaxa Nation, and the Kuper Island Industrial School in the Penelakut Tribe. As a provincial regulator whose primary mandate is to protect the public in British Columbia, we stand with the lost children and their families, and recognize the devastating effect that residential schools have had and continue to have on Indigenous communities.
We stand in mourning with the families of the children lost to Residential Schools, Residential School Survivors, their families, and their communities as they process this tragic loss.
Anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience can access the 24-hour confidential and toll-free National Indian Residential School Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.
Updated: July 13, 2021