Today is a really sad day. We feel the weight of grief and mourning for the families of each one of the 215 children who were found in the Kamloops Residential School orchard on the traditional lands of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc within Secwépemc’ulucw, the traditional and never surrendered lands of the Secwépemc peoples. First Peoples always knew the orchard was a burial ground. It is so important that all of us acknowledge this truth and the genocide of colonial rule, the horrors of which are still emerging. This should make us redouble our efforts to decolonize ourselves and our institutions.
TRUFA stands in solidarity with the Secwépemc people honouring the deep sorrow of the community as we move forward to honour the memory of these children and supporting their families and communities. TRUFA is committed to truth and reconciliation with our Indigenous community.