On May 23, Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation marked the end of a year of mourning for the 215 children located in unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Kamloops residential institution. As we know, there will be more anniversaries coming to remember many other First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children.
Moderator Richard Bott reflects on the past year, its impacts on Indigenous communities, and the possibilities for healing, reconciliation, and reparation. As Indigenous peoples continue to name the truth of what happened to them in residential institutions, how can non-Indigenous people respond in a supportive, rather than intrusive, manner? Read his reflection here.
[Photo credit: Sara Stratton/The United Church of Canada]