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Statement in Support of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc

June 2, 2021

Ontario Nature mourns the discovery of 215 children buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory and extends our support to all Indigenous communities and families that have been impacted by the inter-generational trauma inflicted by residential schools in Canada, the last of which closed in 1996.

This reflects the systems of colonialism, oppression and cultural genocide that Indigenous peoples have been subjected to and continue to endure today. We call for accountability from the Government of Canada to complete all Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Indigenous communities deserve healing, peace and justice.

Ontario Nature recognizes our collective responsibility to learn the truth and advance reconciliation, as individuals and as organizations. As part of this responsibility, we must work together to transform and decolonize conservation and the environmental movement. Ontario Nature remains committed to supporting, uplifting and honouring Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.

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