June is National Indigenous History Month – a time to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis.
This year, there is also widespread grief from the recent discovery of a mass grave of 215 children from a former residential school in Kamloops, BC. We recognize the tragic, heartbreaking devastation that the Canadian residential school system has inflicted upon so many Indigenous families and our thoughts are with all of those who are in mourning. We mourn with them.
We are committed to supporting the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, and we honour and stand with the people of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc who continue to experience the deep pain of this tragedy, and all Indigenous Peoples whose families are still living with trauma caused by the residential school system across Canada.
As an organization, we are committed to learning and to doing better in support of our Indigenous partners, colleagues and governments. This month will serve as a time of reflection and learning within our organization.