The remains of 215 children were discovered on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, that still stands on the traditional lands of the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc First Nation. This development is bringing to light the cultural genocide that took place in our Country of Canada to the First Nations People. Garnering world attention, it is our hope that this part of our history cannot be hidden, denied or unspoken about any longer.
We know that we do not say everything right, nor do we express ourselves perfectly with our thoughts about this. What we do know, is that we want to learn. We want to be proactive and that this situation is not going to be healed with just positive and loving thoughts alone, that it will take action from each and every one of us. We may not have been the ones who made those decisions to rip children from their families, but we are the ones who are here now. We are the ones who can create lasting change, healing and positive action. It starts with acknowledgement. It starts with learning and listening. It starts with compassion. Rather than not knowing what to do, let's start where we are. Let's acknowledge, learn and listen together.
On Monday May 31st, 2021, join us all across Canada as we place a teddy bear on our porches and leave your porch light on to honor and pay a small tribute to these beautiful souls. Thank you.
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