NDP leader Jagmeet Singh urges the federal government to search the grounds of other former residential schools after the remains of 215 children were found on the premises of a former residential school in Kamloops, BC
The Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced last Thursday that preliminary results of an investigation into the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School discovered the remains of children, some of whom were only three years old.
“It is not good enough that the liberal federal government only makes symbolic gestures,” Singh told reporters on Monday during a press conference in Ottawa.
“This is not the last site, there are many others. Indigenous communities deserve justice that every such site be exposed.”
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission made six recommendations regarding missing children and burial sites, including a call on the federal government to work with churches, indigenous communities and former boarding school students “to establish and maintain an online directory of dormitory cemeteries, including Where possible, property cards showing the whereabouts of the deceased boarding school students. “
Singh has written to the Speaker of the House of Representatives asking for an urgent debate to discuss the government’s next steps.
Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner said her party supported the debate.
“More action needs to be taken. This is no time to talk. We need to look to indigenous leaders across the country, ”she said.
“This discovery is a flaw in our country.”
A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line was set up to support former students and those affected. Emotional and crisis mediation services can be accessed by calling the 24 hour national crisis telephone number: 1-866-925-4419.