United Way would like to express deep sorrow regarding the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the former residential school in Kamloops on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.
This terrible news highlights the devastating legacy of the residential school system and the impact colonization has had on the Indigenous Peoples of Canada – in immeasurable ways and through multiple generations.
We stand in solidarity with our Indigenous community partners in this time of mourning.
June is National Indigenous History Month, a month dedicated to honouring the vibrance and resilience of Indigenous cultures, heritage and experiences.
We honour the thousands of years of Indigenous wisdom and tradition while also committing to ongoing reflection and decolonization efforts, not only in June, but year-round.
Click here to learn more about Indigenous Nations, organizations and allies here on southern Vancouver Island, the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples.