FPSE Statement on the remains of 215 children found at a former residential school
The Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC is the provincial voice for faculty and staff in BC teaching universities, colleges and institutes, and in private sector institutions. FPSE member locals, represented by Presidents' Council and the Executive, represent over 10,000 faculty and staff at 18 public and 12 private sector institutions.
The Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation discovery of the remains of 215 children at an unmarked site in Kamloops, B.C. has shocked the community, the province and the nation. FPSE locals and members are honouring the memory of these children and supporting their families and communities by wearing orange, flying flags at half-mast, and conducting commemorations acknowledging the 215 children discovered at this single location. Understanding and addressing the abuse, death and generational trauma resulting from residential schools must be accompanied with moving to actions, such as calling for the protection of sites of former residential schools, as a part of the six of the TRC’s 94 calls to action focused on missing children and burial information.