we always knew they were buried there
but no one would listen; our secret kept safe from Canadians.
'Remember Me: A National Day of Remembrance' initiative was birthed immediately after the discovery of the massive unmarked grave of 215 Indigenous children at the Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia. Since writing this, the number of unmarked graves has risen above 1200.
We prepare now for more discoveries, the excavation of the little ones and brace ourselves for two thousand more.
These developments coincide with the federal government’s decision to establish a statutory holiday on September 30th.
This day must be preserved as a national day of awareness and remembrance.
Kamloops Indian Residential School
The Marieval Indian Residential School
St. Eugene's Mission School
Brandon Indian Residential School
The Kuper Island Indian Industrial School