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It’s Time to Bring Home All Sacred Little Bundles

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The Secwépemc Child and Family Servies Agency holds our hands up to T’kemlups te Secwépemc, Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir, newly elected AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald and the brave Elders who spoke today at a presentation providing further information about the unmarked graves of 215 children whose remains were found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School (KIRS).
We echo the calls from Kukpi7 Casimir for the federal and provincial governments to do more to help identify these sacred little bundles who were the target of genocide and assimilation, as well as the many other missing children who never made it home from Residential Schools across Canada.
There can be no reconciliation without truth, and until the full scope of these atrocities is known, until these children are “brought home,” we cannot move on to the healing that Indigenous people in this country so desperately need.
As an agency we strive to live up to the words of Elder Evelyn Camille, a Residential School survivor who spoke so eloquently and frankly about her experiences during the presentation.
“The way of life of our people and our sacred ceremonies must not be forgotten,” Evelyn said when talking about the efforts of Residential Schools to rid Indigenous children of their language, culture and traditions.
This responsibility is a sacred duty, and it drives our work in helping our communities and their children and families revitalize traditional family systems, preserve families and ensure that they maintain that vital connection to culture, community and family.
We know that when First Nations have sovereignty over their children and are properly resourced, the children do better. This is why Elder Evelyn emphasized that “we have to be responsible for our children,” as only through ensuring that our children are cared for our way can we hope to offer a better future for our families and children.
To help T’kemlups te Secwépemc in its efforts to further investigate and honour the 215, please go to

Honouring our ancestors and upholding sacred space

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We continue to stand in grief with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and all the families of the 215 sacred children whose remains were found last week. We also continue to honour those sweet ancestors and uphold Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc for holding this sacred space for these sacred children.

The truth of all the stories that we have heard over the years as Indigenous people has finally made its way into the light. We hope that this moment will trigger truth-telling and the healing that our communities have been working towards for all these years.

Our wise elders tell us that this is a timely finding and a sign that we are ready as a people and as a society to come to terms with the harsh reality of residential schools. Reconciliation can only happen once the truth is told and accepted for what it is.

We would also like to hold our hands up and acknowledge the hard work done by all the volunteers and local restaurants (Moon Wok and Valhalla Smoke House) who kept the Flame Keepers fed this past weekend at Tk’emlups te Secwépemc.

We mourn the 215 children found at Residential School

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It is with a heavy heart that we are learning about the discovery on the former Kamloops Residential School grounds of the remains of 215 children who were students of the Residential School.

At 11 a.m. this morning we urge everyone, wherever they are, to pray, sing or drum — in backyards, in offices, in parking lots— as a way to honour these 215 children as well as our ancestors who died as a result of Residential Schools, and to support the healing of those who are still impacted by the truth of our history.

These undocumented deaths are part of the Residential Schools’ dark and brutal legacy of Indigenous children who were sent to these schools but who were never returned to their home communities. To learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Missing Indigenous Children Project, go to

Counselling support is available 24/7 by calling the Indian Residential School Survivors Society at 1.800.721.0066.

Bearing Witness for Jordan’s Principle

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On May 10 our staff marked the anniversary of Jordan’s Principle with the help of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society’s Spirit Bear.

All day long, we took time to take part in an outdoors, socially distant “tea party” with the Spirit Bear and a few stuffed friends to “bear witness” to this special day. To learn more about Jordan’s Principle and the significance of the Spirit Bear, go to or