Mourning the Loss of 215 Children

A memorial of children’s shoes in front of The Healing of the Seven Generations building on Frederick Street serves as a reminder of the remains of 215 children found in a mass grave at a former residential school in Kamloops, BC.

We are deeply saddened to learn of the remains of 215 children found at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School last week, uncovered by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation’s investigation. We recognize that local Indigenous communities are mourning this loss and are impacted by the ongoing harm of colonization and intergenerational trauma. 

With 139 residential schools attended by 150,000 children between the late 1800s and 1996, this is likely not an isolated discovery. 

As an agency that serves children, families and individuals across Waterloo Region, we acknowledge that Indigenous people face systemic racism and barriers to accessing services. We are committed to our own learning, and building trust with local Indigenous agencies, including Healing of the Seven Generations. 

If you are a former residential school student in distress, or have been affected by the residential school system and need help, you can contact the 24-hour Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419

Here are some resources to help you learn more and take action: 


Posted on: June 3rd, 2021

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