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Statement on Kamloops Residential School


June 2021 Share with   facebook   twitter

We are heartbroken by the disturbing news that the remains of 215 children were found buried at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. Our thoughts are with Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and all Indigenous communities across Canada.


Many Canadians continue to feel immense sadness, pain and shame over this news. Generations of Indigenous communities across Canada have lived with the trauma and legacy for decades. We must all understand that the present-day inequities Canada’s Indigenous communities face are rooted in this shameful history, and we must do better for Indigenous communities now and for the future. At a minimum, we owe it to all the lost children who never returned home to their families.


MedicAlert’s role in the health community is to protect all Canadians. Our reconciliation journey continues as we strive to create a culturally safe environment for our Indigenous subscribers to ensure accessible, culturally appropriate services for Indigenous children and families.


Resilience is a hallmark of Indigenous communities who have endured so much, yet always find the strength to overcome, guided by the traditions and teachings of their culture. In our collective sadness, grief and darkness, a light will emerge.


The stories of these lost children and all others impacted by the atrocities faced in Canada’s Residential Schools will finally be told and shared with all Canadians. Our hope is that healing can come from this.


Miigwetch.


Leslie McGill 
President and CEO
 
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