The discovery of the remains of 215 children buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School is extremely disturbing and my heart goes out to the many families affected by this tragedy. As a father, grandfather, and great grandfather, words cannot describe the injustices these children and all indigenous children and families experienced as a result of the Canadian residential school system.

I mourn for these children and with their families, and with the survivors of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. I mourn for all the children who never made it home from a residential school.

As a country, as a community, we have so much more we need to do to recognize the injustices to our Indigenous peoples by continuing to work towards reconciliation, but today we pause to remember the 215 children, their families, all children who never came home and the survivors of the residential school system.

Mayor Gord Krantz