Dear 4207 Members,
Last week, the bodies of 215 children were discovered on the grounds of the former residential school in Kamloops. Some of the children were as young as three years old when they were buried. The residential school system was designed to separate children from their families and to destroy Indigenous cultures by prohibiting their language and culture – an act of genocide by the Canadian government that sought to eliminate Indigenous peoples from their own land.
This is also not something from a distant past. Rather, the same approach continues to inform how the government behaves, including the failure to honor treaties, to negotiate over unceded territory, or to properly investigate the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Our hearts go out to the survivors of the residential school system and we stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples.
Please also see this statement from the Office of the Chief of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.
CUPE 4207 President
On behalf of the Executive Committee