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To: Justin Trudeau - Office of the Prime Minister of Canada
Kamloops Indian Residential School (215 Bodies Found) - Call for Urgent Action
To the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau,
1. 139 residential schools were identified in the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, though this doesn’t include those run by provincial governments and those run solely by religious orders, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC, 2015). We ask for preservation and forensic investigation of all schools and properties.
2. 94 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action: We ask that these are acted upon swiftly, and that the Governments stop fighting residential school settlements and First Nation Inuit & Metis (FNIM) children in court.
3. 231 Calls for Justice in the Final Report of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). We ask that these are acted upon swiftly and that Governments do everything within their power to protect FNIM women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA persons from ongoing genocide.
4. 9 non-compliance motions from the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society regarding the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT, 2016) ruling. We ask that Governments immediately fund FNIM children equitably, including immediate funding for family finding and preventative well-being services aimed at reducing the number of FNIM children in-care.
Why is this important?
Our communities are sharing in the collective grief of generations of children, women, men & 2SLGBTQQIA persons who have been stolen, abused and murdered. The bodies of 215 children were discovered buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, adding to the growing list of 4,100 children previously identified by the TRC’s Missing Children’s Project, and the ongoing genocide against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA persons. We ask for the Government of Canada, as well as Provincial and Territorial Governments, to take swift and immediate action to support our communities.