CEO statement on BC residential school Indigenous children discovery

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At this point we’ve all heard the devastating news that the remains of 215 children were recently found at a former Kamloops, B.C. residential school.

The discovery of the remains of Indigenous children is incredibly distressing and a sobering moment for Canadians. We share the collective heartbreak for these children who did not return home to their families and communities as we continue to remember the impact of colonization and the role of child welfare on Indigenous people across Canada.

As a child welfare agency, we apologize as we reflect that Child Welfare is implicated in the historical residential school system and Indigenous child removal in Canada. We are mindful of the need to reconcile our history and relations with Indigenous peoples. We are especially mindful of the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action to redress the Legacy of Child Welfare on Indigenous families and communities

We continue to collaborate with Native Child and Family Service of Toronto in respectful handling of Indigenous files.

 

Paul Rosebush,

CEO of Children's Aid Society of Toronto