It is with heavy hearts that we, the ALIGN team and Board of Directors, acknowledge and grieve the loss of 215 children’s’ lives of the Tk’emlups te Secweepemc near Kamloops BC and the future lives that will be uncovered over time. We have given protocol to Elders to pray for these children and for our work ahead. We humbly acknowledge the painful memories this news raises and hold that knowledge respectfully. We extend our sincere sympathies for those children and their families.
It is important for all us to remember these children and their families- we can pause and reflect, pray, light a candle, smudge, offer support and listen. Indigenous communities are calling on all of us to work together towards true reconciliation, and to take individual responsibility to increase our own knowledge about Indigenous histories and the key issues facing Indigenous peoples today.
This tragedy is a reminder that we need to continue to learn more and do better. ALIGN is focusing on our cultural journey to strengthen the work of allies so all children are given a safe and loving path to follow.
Supports are available and some are in this bulletin. We must look forward as we reflect on what this means. It is a start to a new Journey, and an awakening to ensure we do our best for children and their families.
All our relations,
Pauline Smale – President of ALIGN Board of Directors
Rhonda Barraclough – Executive Director of ALIGN