Alberta University of the Arts Message of Condolence: Kamloops Residential School Burial Site

On behalf of Alberta University of the Arts, we offer our sincere condolences to the families, loved ones and community impacted by the devastating loss of 215 children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation Territory.

We acknowledge the impact of this loss on our AUArts Indigenous community, faculty, staff, students, Elder Council and our Lodgepole Center.

We acknowledge and remember the families of all the children whose lives were taken too early while at Residential Schools across Canada.

We stand in unity and solidarity with the families, communities, residential school survivors and anyone impacted by this tragedy.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21 where we celebrate the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

We continue to strive to learn, educate, acknowledge, and address our own role in perpetuating colonial systems.

If you need help or support, please contact the the Lodgepole Center, lodgepolecenter@auarts.ca to speak to one of our Elders, or the AUArts Counselling Office at counselling@auarts.ca.