CHCPA grieves after the devastating discovery of 215 children at former residential school in Kamloops B.C.

There are no words to fully express the grief and sorrow we feel for the 215 children that have been discovered on the grounds of Kamloops Indian Residential School. This news has echoed throughout the nation, serving as a heartbreaking reminder of the lasting trauma felt by residential school survivors everywhere.

We would like to offer our sincerest condolences to the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc First Nations for the tragic loss of their children—215 children who would now have been Elders in their community, sharing knowledge, language, and traditions to their future generations.

As we continue to work towards reconciliation, CHPCA is committed to upholding the Truth and Reconciliation’s Calls to Action for the health sector. We look forward to living in a world where all Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities have access to quality hospice palliative care, grief, and bereavement supports, and we are working tirelessly to achieve that goal.

We grieve for you, and we grieve with you—now and always.

For those seeking support on grief, bereavement, and trauma, you can reach the National Indian Residential School Crisis Hotline at 1-866-925-4419 for 24-hour assistance.