These are crime scenes. And so we, we need some kind of independent investigation we know that for example the RCMP. are powered of children being taken from their families and communities. And so, we need some kind of independent investigator on this process. And we need also international examination into these crimes. We did have a recent resolution passed at the AF na GA on the International Criminal Court, being involved in this process. And so there are a number of moving parts that we still have to figure out an investigation must occur. Absolutely. and the federal government. Their role is.
This was a huge statement made at a press conference on July 15 2021 on the result of searching at an Indian Residual in Kamloops BC. Genocide is a Global Crime and deserves the same attention that was given to the Holocaust in Germany. All of the institutions involved in killing the children at these sites should be held accountable. Listen to the press conference below.
Premier John Horgan and Murray Rankin, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, have issued the following statement on the Kamloops Indian Residential School Le Estcwéý (The Missing) findings and Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc next steps:
“Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc have today completed a difficult and necessary step to bring to light the dark truth about the atrocities that happened over decades at the Kamloops Indian Residential School.
“Each of these children was forever taken from a family and community that loved them. We acknowledge the pain and share the grief of survivors, their families, their communities and all Indigenous peoples.
“For future generations, we have a responsibility to continue facing the harmful impacts of residential schools and how the intergenerational traumas inflicted upon Indigenous peoples are felt to this day.
“We commend the leadership and courage demonstrated by Kúkpi7 Rosanne Casimir, Council members and the community as they have worked with their team of legal and technical experts on the Le Estcwéý (The Missing) findings and the next steps. They are providing a path for the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc people and other First Nations who are grappling with lasting spiritual, emotional, mental and physical trauma – the ongoing legacy of the residential school system.
“We are taking our guidance from First Nations leadership on this important work. Provincial government leadership will meet with Kúkpi7 Casimir and others from the community to discuss the findings when the Nation feels the time is right. We will continue to work with the Nation to determine the best ways for the Province to support the path ahead, alongside federal and Indigenous partners.
“We are committed to supporting the vital work by First Nations at all residential school sites in B.C. We have allocated $12 million in new funding for the research at former residential school sites and for the mental health and cultural supports for communities that are critical for healing. These resources will be available to those communities carrying out this work, including Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc.
“We will continue to ensure communities and survivors are at the centre of this work and will follow their lead on the appropriate way forward.”
Listen to the press conference here:
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