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June 1, 2021 – On behalf of the Jesuits of Canada, I would like to express my deep sorrow and grief at the shocking discovery of the remains of the 215 children on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. We stand in solidarity with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and with all who are experiencing the traumatic separations and distress caused by the residential school system.

Having participated in this system ourselves, we renew our commitment to listening, to learning the truth, to seeking reconciliation, and eventually to moving forward together. As Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq said, “In order to move forward, all Canadians must face these horrors, learn the truth, demand justice and work toward meaningful reconciliation on our terms.” We make these thoughts and commitments our own.

Erik Oland, S.J.
Jesuits of Canada


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On Reconciliation Between the Jesuits of Canada and Indigenous Peoples Frequently – Asked Questions

Apology and Statement of Reconciliation by the Jesuits in English Canada

They came for the children: A Film in 5 Parts Based on the TRC Final Report on Residential Schools in Canada

Listening to Indigenous Voices: A Dialogue Guide on Justice and Right Relationships

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