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Statement on the Kamloops Indian Residential School Burials

June 16, 2021

BC Studies expresses its sadness at the discovery of the remains of 215 children on the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. We hold these children and their families in our collective thoughts during this time of grief.

This grim discovery is part of the known history of residential schools in Canada. In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission identified residential schools part of a policy of “cultural genocide” and published an extensive volume on missing children and unmarked burials.

We encourage our readers to learn more about residential schools, their ongoing impacts, and the necessary steps for healing and restitution. The following links are some places to start: