CCRCE Mourns the 215 children of Kamloops Residential School
We are heartbroken to hear of the discovery of the remains of 215 children at Kamloops Residential School in BC. To honour the lives of each child lost and to recognize and learn from the societal harm done by the residential school system across the country, including here in Mi’kma’ki, all CCRCE flags will be lowered to half-mast for nine days, or 215 hours, from sunrise on Monday, May 31 to sunset on Tuesday, June 8.
We acknowledge that there were many children that went to residential schools and never returned home, as survivors testified during the Truth and Reconciliation Inquiry. In Nova Scotia, the Shubenacadie Residential School operated from 1929 to 1967. Sadly, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) suggests the number of undocumented children lost nationally is significantly higher than 215.
The legacy of Canada's residential school system continues to have a negative impact on our society, including CCRCE students, staff, families, and school communities.
CCRCE is working towards fulfilling its role in the Treaty relationship. This includes our commitment to Treaty Education and its essential role in understanding and teaching Netukulimk, Etuaptmumk, Mi’kmaw ways of Being and Knowing, and our shared Treaty history as we work towards reconciliation.
We encourage you to join us, and act towards honouring the truth.
- Wear orange as a symbol of awareness. Learn more about residential schools and the Orange Shirt Day Initiative
- Read and understand your role in the 94 Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Report
- Learn more about the Mi'kmaq and the rich stories of who they are & their lived experience in this resource: Teaching about the Mi’kmaq
- Learn about the Treaties of Peace and Friendship, including our treaty rights and responsibilities.
We are all Treaty People.