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Vancouver mayor calls on feds to provide funding to Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated May 31, 2021 at 5:39 am PDT

The former Kamloops Indian Residential School is seen on Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C., on May 27, 2021. The remains of 215 children have been found buried on the site, the First Nation said. (Andrew Snucins/The Canadian Press)
Summary

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart says mourning is not enough

Stewart says he’s calling on the Government of Canada to provide necessary funding and support to Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc

Bodies of 215 children found at former residential school in Kamloops earlier this month

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart is responding to the disturbing discovery of the children’s bodies in Kamloops.

In a statement released Sunday, he says mourning is not enough.

“We must continue to seek the full truth of what happened at these so-called schools, as well as other systems of oppression created by our government to destroy Indigenous peoples,” he says.

Stewart says he’s calling on the Government of Canada to provide necessary funding and support to Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc to help identify lives lost.

He’s also calling on all residential sites in Canada to be expertly examined under the guidance of local First Nations.

The flag at Vancouver City Hall has been lowered to half mast.

Meanwhile, in Surrey, a memorial was underway Sunday afternoon to honour and mourn the children’s lives lost.

Organizers said participants planned to gather at Holland Park to pay their respects, light candles, and take part in a drumming tribute.

Memorials are happening across the Lower Mainland, including 215 pairs of shoes displayed on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery to mourn and honour the children.