June 7, 2021
Dedicated Memorial Organized to Honour the Lives of 215 Children Found on the Grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation Territory
The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that a dedicated memorial has been organized to honour the lives of 215 children found buried in a mass grave outside of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory.
The dedicated memorial is now available to the community and is located at the area West of Town Hall at the former Town Hall site near the Riverwalk platform. The community is encouraged to place shoes, letters, or other notable items at the dedicated memorial site to honour the lives of the 215 children found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.
The Beaver Valley Outreach will have shoes available for purchase by donation, and members of the community interested in purchasing a pair of shoes for the memorial are encouraged to contact Beaver Valley Outreach.
“On behalf of Council and the Town, I want to send my condolences to all Indigenous communities during this difficult time,” states Mayor Alar Soever. “This dedicated memorial will offer The Blue Mountains community a place to grieve and honour the lives of the children found at the former Kamloops Residential School, and offers an opportunity for us all to reflect on the legacy of Canada’s Residential School system, and the lasting impact they continue to have on Indigenous communities across Canada.”
The dedicated memorial will be in place throughout the month of June, with the space being available to the community as a space of reflection until the morning of Tuesday, June 22nd.
The Town of The Blue Mountains is located within the boundary of Treaty 18 region of 1818 which is the traditional land of the Anishnaabek, Haudenosaunee and Wendat-Wyandot- Wyandotte peoples. The Town honours and acknowledges the First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples of Canada as traditional stewards of this land and continues to extend its deepest condolences to all Indigenous communities during this difficult time.
Support Services Available
- The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line: This national crisis line is available 24-hours a day to provide support for former students and those affected. Access support and crisis referral services by calling 1-866-925-4419.
- Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS): The IRSSS can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-721-0066.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Community Services
(519) 599-3131 ext. 281