Official Statement - Pickering’s Response to Children’s Remains Found at Former Kamloops Residential School

Posted on Sunday May 30, 2021

Pickering, ON, May 30, 2021 – “On behalf of the City of Pickering, its Members of Council, and its residents, we wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the Tk’emlúps te Secwe?pemc’, the entire First Nations of the Northwest Coast and beyond on the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. 

We will be lowering City of Pickering flags to half-mast at all City facilities to both mourn and honour these children. Our hope is that they can be identified and returned home to bring peace and closure to their families, communities, and Indigenous peoples across Canada. 

Finding the remains of these innocent children is an extremely painful and powerful reminder of the dark and shameful legacy of Canada’s residential school system.  For this reason, it is even more poignant and important that we collectively recognize National Indigenous History Month, which begins on June 1st. We ask all to take the time to reflect upon and learn the history, sacrifices, cultures, contributions, and strength of our First Nations, Inuit, and Métis so that we can continue on our journey of reconciliation and renewal.”

Dave Ryan
Mayor, City of Pickering

 

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As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

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