Statement on Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc and Kamloops Indian Residential School

June 2, 2021 | Calgary, Edmonton, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Markham, Montréal, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver, Vaughan

Miller Thomson LLP expresses our grief and extends our heartfelt condolences to the families and communities impacted by the discovery of 215 children who died and were buried in unmarked graves at the Kamloops Residential School. May each one experiencing pain and sorrow as a result of this unspeakable loss find peace and healing.

It is at this time that Canadians must remember and recommit to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report of 2015. Action 74 of that Report called for government to work with church and Indigenous leaders to identify the locations of burial and to respond to the desire of families and communities regarding the commemoration of the life of beloved family members lost but not forgotten.

Canadians have responded with open hearts and shared sorrow upon the news of the 215 lost children from the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc First Nation and from other Indigenous families and communities. We join in expressing our sadness in the face of the tragedy at the Kamloops Residential School, one of 134 such schools that operated across Canada during the last century.