In response to the tragic news that the remains of 215 children were found at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, our School this morning observed 215 seconds of silence to honour the victims, and our staff and students wore orange in solidarity with the Indigenous community.
Our theme this school year — Building an Anti-Racist Culture • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion — has guided discussion, deep reflection, and actions at our School over the course of the past year. We chose the theme to focus on anti-black racism in support of the Black Lives Matter movement after George Floyd was killed, to own our educational responsibility in light of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s findings, and in light of other social justice issues facing us as Canadians. This news from Kamloops, and the entire tragedy of Residential Schools, remind us why this theme is so important. Our faculty, Student Council, and DEI Committee will continue to educate our students and community and take action around discrimination and racism.
At Sacred Heart, we are committed to our mission of love and education to justice. We stand in solidarity with the families of these victims and the Indigenous community, and we grieve with them. Let us remember these children.