Our Solidarity on Kamloops Indian Residential School

Our solidarity on Kamloops Indian Residential school

Along with all the Canadians, NEARC Inc. deeply mourns at the death of 215 innocent Indigenous children whose lives were taken at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, BC. This discovery of the dark past of colonial legacy sparked strong emotions throughout Canada, particularly in the Indigenous communities. History reveals some 150,000 Indian, Inuit and Metis youngsters in total were forcibly enrolled in residential schools from 1883 to 1996, where students were violently abused to strip them of their own cultures and languages. The Kamloops Indian Residential School was the largest of 139 boarding schools set up in the late 19th century, with up to 500 students registered and attending at any one time. This discovery illustrates the damaging and lasting impacts that the residential school system continues to have on our Indigenous communities. NEARC offers heartfelt condolences to Indigenous families across the nation and recommit to educating our organization and partners to continue to build respectful relationships with Indigenous Peoples.