Higher ed community responds to discovery of children’s remains at former residential school

June 1, 2021
The Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc recently discovered the remains of 215 children on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, and members of the higher ed community are responding to the discovery with expressions of grief and calls for action. "We need to make sure [former school sites] are controlled and protected so full investigations can be done," said Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, director of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at the University of British Columbia. Institutions across the country have issued statements and lowered their flags in response to the news, and UBC has announced that it will be reviewing the honorary degree given to Bishop John Fergus O'Grady, former principal of the residential school, in 1986. “Days like today reveal how much there’s still to uncover in regards to the history and impact of residential schools — how many more children there are still awaiting honour and remembrance,” said Ry Moran, associate university librarian of reconciliation at the University of Victoria. “We still know there’s a big, huge piece of work to be done.” CBC | The Star | TRU | Global News (National)