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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.

Mike Garrett

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