In the wake of the tragic discovery of the unmarked graves of 215 Indigenous children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, the Toronto District School Board deplores the loss of life and mourns alongside Indigenous communities.
Friday’s discovery is further evidence of the genocide perpetrated on Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Substantial work must be done in schools and systems, to face the historical and current realities that continue to harm Indigenous Peoples.
The TDSB flags will remain at half mast, starting today for nine days — one hour for every life lost — in honour of the 215 children.
It is important to acknowledge that words and symbolic gestures are not enough. We must move beyond words and truly commit ourselves to learning and understanding the critical importance of truth, reconciliation and reparation. There cannot be reconciliation without truth.
In line with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, the TDSB will continue its commitment to dismantling anti-Indigenous racism and discriminatory practices and policies against Indigenous Peoples.
For more information and resources, please visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.
Alexander Brown Karen Falconer
Chair Director of Education