Ottawa, June 1
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government would take further actions in response to the discovery of the remains of 215 children in a former residential school in Kamloops city.
Amid calls for accountability and to go beyond lowering flags at federal buildings, Trudeau told the media on Monday that Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller, Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal would discuss what role his government should be playing in response to the development, reports Xinhua news agency.
Kamloops school horror
- Remains of 215 indigenous children were found at a former residential school near Kamloops in British Columbia on May 24
- Some of the students were as young as three when they died, it is stated
- Causes and timing of deaths are not yet known
On May 24, the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation in Kamloops city, British Columbia, announced that ground-penetrating radar uncovered the remains of 215 children at Kamloops Indian Residential School.
The horrific discovery prompted calls for a national day of mourning and saw people across Canada set up memorials. “As a dad, I can’t imagine what it would feel like to have my kids taken away from me, and as Prime Minister, I am appalled by the shameful policy that stole indigenous children from their communities,” said Trudeau. “We promise concrete action, and that’s how we’ll support survivors, families and indigenous peoples. Sadly, this is not an exception or an isolated incident. We’re not going to hide from that. We have to acknowledge the truth. Residential schools were a reality, a tragedy that existed here, in our country, and we have to own up to it,” the PM added. — IANS