Statement on the discovery of 215 children’s remains at the former site of Kamloops Residential School

The team at Literacy Alberni Society extends our utmost sympathy and prayers to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation and all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples across Canada who are in grief upon hearing about this horrific discovery. We mourn with you, and offer our solidarity in the demands for accountability, justice, and truth.

As Literacy Alberni engages in the work to decolonize our practices, our community, and our country, it is with certainty that we announce we will not be observing Canada Day this year. It is impossible for us to ethically celebrate a country lead by governments that continue to refuse meaningful investment and participation in the actions essential to correcting the inequity and ongoing genocide experienced by our First Peoples, the rightful stewards of Turtle Island.

We will be observing July 1st as a day of mourning to reflect on the souls of the 215 children of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation, the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and to lift up the voices of the Indigenous survivors of every atrocity this nation called Canada has perpetrated against them.

Join us in solidarity, respect, reconciliation, and hope.

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