Statement on the Missing Children at Kamloops Indian Residential School

On May 27th, the Tk’emlúps te Secweìpemc First Nation announced the devastating discovery of a mass grave at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. We express our deepest condolences and solidarity with Indigenous peoples and particularly with parents who have suffered the loss of children through the genocidal practices of the Catholic Church, the residential schools, and all levels of government.

YUFA strongly condemns the unspeakable treatment, abuse, and murder of Indigenous children at the residential school in British Columbia and calls for a thorough investigation of these deaths, as well as the undocumented deaths of thousands of Indigenous children who were forcibly taken from their parents and sent to residential schools across Canada. The federal government must commit the resources necessary for these investigations, in accordance with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, and with urgent attention to calls 71 to 76 on "Missing children and burial information."

We each have a responsibility to learn more about the horrific history and legacy of Canada’s Residential Schools and its enduring impact on survivors and their families.

Please consider donating to residential school survivors. 

Join the Call for a National Day of Mourning for the Lost Children of Residential School by signing this petition.