Statement Regarding Kamloops Residential School Tragedy

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the horrific discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children at the Indian Residential School in Kamloops.

To honour those who suffered trauma and harm at the former residential school in Kamloops, and their families and communities who are mourning, all School District 48 schools have lowered the Canadian flag to half-mast until further notice. As a sign of solidarity and continued action towards Truth and Reconciliation, we are honouring our local nations by coming together to wear orange in some way beginning today, May 31st until June 9th, a period representing 215 hours.

We continue to reflect on the news from Tk‘emlups te Secwepemc and our thoughts are with all those touched by this tragedy. This is a grim reminder of the trauma of the residential school system and the impacts that remain in our country today.

Resources are also available to support the community as we struggle to process this national tragedy:

Mental health Supports for Staff and Students:

24/7 supports:

 British Columbia Resources:

 National Crisis Hotlines: