Statement on the discovery of mass grave on the site of the former Kamloops residential school

Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre stands in solidarity with the Indigenous communities in mourning the horrific discovery of the mass graves of 215 children on the grounds of Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia.
Canadian institutions and systems have a long history of injustice towards Indigenous and racialized populations. These injustices go against our organization’s core principles of treating everyone with dignity and respect and ensuring everyone feels a sense of belonging.

We call on the federal, provincial and local governments and all organizations to learn about Canada’s colonial history and take meaningful steps to implement truth and reconciliation. It is time to intentionally focus on the eradication of systemic policies and practices which has caused and continue to cause harm to Indigenous peoples and to have the compassion to effectively address the harm.

We are saddened by this news of the 215 beautiful spirits and send our deepest sympathies to the families, loved ones and the Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.

Paul Henry,
Hamilton Urban Core CHC
Board Chair
Thursday June 3, 2021

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