Statement on the Recent Discovery at Kamloops Indian Residential School

During this difficult time, all of us at the Industry Training Authority have the affected families in our thoughts and hearts as we stand in solidarity with the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc.

As many Indigenous Nations and families grieve and process the enormous loss of the 215 children discovered at the residential school in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, we reflect on the impacts that residential schools have had and continue to have on Indigenous communities and families, and the road toward reconciliation.

During this difficult time, all of us at the Industry Training Authority have the affected families in our thoughts and hearts as we stand in solidarity with the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc.

Our Indigenous Initiatives team will continue to work closely with Indigenous communities, industry partners, training providers and schools to strengthen apprenticeship programs and empower Indigenous youth across BC. It is so important to lay a foundation for the future generation of Indigenous youth to succeed and grow.

To learn more about the impact of residential schools and how you can help support, visit the Indian Residential School Survivors Society website: https://www.irsss.ca/

Shelley Gray, CEO

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