Statement on Tk’emloops te Secwepemic

For Release:

Please note: This statement is highly sensitive and may cause trauma for survivors of residential school or their families. If you or a relative are struggling please see some of the following sources available: 

The days following the news of the recent discovery of the 215 children located on the grounds of the  Tk’emloops te Secwepemic we have taken time to reflect on the situation. This news has taken a toll on our communities, family members and all affected by the residential schools through intergenerational trauma. We are greatly aware of the impacts of this devastating news and we stand in solidarity with every Indigenous person in this tragic reality. In our deep and personal reflection we have decided the best way to express our feelings is to express love, care and support. 

We also want to recognize our allies in supporting Indigenous communities. The outpouring of support for those in need has been overwhelming. The public outcry is an example of leadership and strong support for the communities.   

For our sisters and brothers who we know are suffering with anger and despair we are greatly aware of your grief. Our team pledges to continue to educate the public through our efforts and specifically raise awareness about cultural safety and humility and to support the Truth and Reconciliation 94 calls to action. 

This is just the beginning of the truth and we have a long road ahead. We will continue this discussion and will encourage our partners and clients to join us. From the entire team at Shop First Nations we send our deepest respect and love to the many survivors and their families in the face of great sadness.

We stand with you,
 All of us at Shop First Nations

Kamloops residential school
Kamloops residential school circa 1970. Photo: Library and Archives Canada.

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