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City Statement on Kamloops Indian Residential School Burial Site
Whitehorse – The recent discovery of the remains of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School has left the City of Whitehorse deeply saddened.
“On behalf of Mayor and Council, we extend our deepest condolences to families and survivors of residential schools during this time of collective grief,” said Mayor Dan Curtis.
“We join the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), as well as the FCM’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus in supporting their calls for a national day of mourning for the children whose lives were taken far too soon,” he added.
Following the 2021 Yukon Forum between Premier Sandy Silver and his cabinet, Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston and the Yukon First Nations Chiefs, the City also supports working in partnership with all levels of government to address the legacy of residential schools in the Yukon, and investigating all former residential school grounds in the territory.
June is National Indigenous History Month, a moment for leaders across the country to recognize the enduring trauma of the residential school system in Canada and to reaffirm our commitments to working together to advance meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
Beginning on Saturday, May 29th, flags across Whitehorse were flown at half-mast for 215 hours to honour those who have suffered trauma and harm at residential schools, and those families and communities who continue to suffer today.
A National Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former residential school students and those affected. Access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line at 1-866-925-4419.