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Honouring the Children Found at Tk’emlúps Indian Residential School

In difficult times, it’s important to come together, lift each other up and continue the healing journey.

In honour of the 215 Indigenous children found at the former Tk’emlúps Indian Residential School, the Burnaby Schools community is invited to wear orange the week of May 31.

To pay respect to families and communities who are mourning and to those who have suffered trauma and harm at the former Residential School in Kamloops, the Canadian flags at our school and district sites are flying at half-mast until further notice.

The District Principal of Indigenous Education, Rob Smyth, the Chair of the Burnaby Board of Education, Jen Mezei, and Superintendent Gina Niccoli-Moen have sent a letter to the parents of all students.

“Our deepest and most sincere condolences go out to the families of the children and to all communities closely affected. The impact of this tragedy is vast, and our hearts are also with Indigenous students, families, and staff in the Burnaby School District.”

Read the letter to Families From the District Principal of Indigenous Education, Board Chair and Superintendent

Resources for Support

In addition to school counsellors, the letter also shares resources where confidential help in the community can be accessed:

  • Indian Residential Schools Survivor Society 24 Hour Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419
  • Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society Resolution Health Support Program 1-877-477-0775 (Support services for former Residential School students and their families)
  • First Nations Health Authority – Virtual Counselling and Health Services 1-855-344-3800 (FNHA.ca/VirtualHealth)
  • More resources can be found on the District’s website here: https://burnabyschools.ca/counselling-and-mental-health-resources/

Resources to Learn More

Indigenous Education in Burnaby Schools Learning Resources

FNESC Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Resources

Gladys We Never Knew – BCTF