It is with shared grief that we offer condolences to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Peoples on whose territory the deaths of 215 children occurred at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, children who were forced to attend as “students.” We humbly recognize that we cannot fathom the profound sorrow and misery of the parents, families and friends of residential school survivors and Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island. At this time, we, the Lawson Foundation, made up of humans, commit ourselves to learning and practising how to be a better ally. In this moment of deep suffering and heartache, we sit with Indigenous Peoples to honour the 215 souls who died and are buried on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. We recognize that this will not be the only uncovering of children, as the TRC shared in 2015. We stand with you by recommitting to building relationships with Indigenous Peoples and extending the reach of our efforts in both policy and practice for a more just country.
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