Upper Similkameen Indian Band notice to Community

It is with heavy hearts that Chief & Council write this statement today, in reaction to the recent discovery of the 215 infants and children confirmed buried in an unmarked site at the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc / Kamloops Indian Residential School (KIRS).

We want all of our members to know that we stand in solidarity with the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc Nation and with any members that may have attended this residential school themselves or had a family member attend.

Your Council will continue to stay informed on the situation as it unfolds and provide updates, where appropriate.

We would like to take a moment to remind all of our members about the services that are available to provide support, Sara Cadeau (250) 777-3665, Jamie Holloway (250) 293-6784, as well as the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line (1-866-925-4419) and as more resources become known we will share them with all of you.

The process that lies ahead will be a difficult one to navigate for all parties involved and we want to thank all of those involved in this incredibly difficult effort.

One thing we can take some peace in is that these children can finally be honoured through the appropriate ceremonies, traditions, and language that colonialism and residential schools tried to erase, but we as a people will not be erased, as we stand strong together.

With much love & respect, Bonnie, Mike, and Charlie