Call for a National Day of Mourning for the Lost Children of Residential School

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Call for a National Day of Mourning

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc confirmed on Thursday May 27, 2021 the remains of 215 lost loved ones, children, had been found on the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

The tragedy is unimaginable.

Survivors of residential schools and their families carry the burden of this tragedy and it is due time that Canada as a whole also share this burden . These deaths impact every person in this land and so it’s important that we all come together to mourn.  That’s why we are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister Marc Miller, and Minister Carolyn Bennett to call for a National Day of Mourning.

The legacy and history of residential schools is lived each day by mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers of the loved ones lost. All Canadians should take time to reflect on this dark chapter in history and extend a hand of support, understanding and love to all those that need it at this time.

To mourn together is to heal together. Let us all come together to remember all those impacted by the horrors of the genocide committed on these young souls, and let’s do so in the spirit of true reconciliation.

Reconciliation is rooted in a collective recognition of the terrible truths about the lost children of residential schools, and in a broad awareness of the responsibility we all bear to never forget or allow it to happen again to anyone, anywhere.

I respectfully ask Prime Minster Justin Trudeau to call for a National Day of Mourning for the lost children of residential school and the 215 lost loved ones found by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc community at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, and ask Minister Marc Miller and Minister Carolyn Bennett to support the community in their healing, and care for the lost children of this genocide. 

Please email or tweet this call to:

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada


Twitter:  @JustinTrudeau

The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services


Twitter: @MarcMillerVM

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations


Twitter: @Carolyn_Bennett