The shocking news that remains of children were found in the area of the Kamloops Indian Residential School is once again a reminder of the trauma families, Survivors, and communities are experiencing because of the lasting impacts of residential schools.
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting families, Survivors, and communities. Through our engagement over the last year, and especially over the last number of days, we have heard that communities from coast-to-coast-to-coast are seeking to lead this important and challenging work. We will be there with them.
Funding is available for a range of activities that could include school-specific research and knowledge gathering on the children who died and their burial places. This funding can include supports for Indigenous partners and communities in developing community plans, conducting research and gathering local knowledge, accessing professional archaeological investigation services to identify and delineate burial sites, and to memorialize, commemorate and return their loved ones’ remains home, depending on the wishes of the communities.
For more information on eligible activities and how to access funding, Indigenous communities, and organizations may contact the Department by email at: [email protected]