As 215 Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc children’s remains were found this week in Kamloops at the residential school site, adding to the 4100 children who are listed as having died at a residential school in Canada, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission—we grieve. For every one of these precious Indigenous children and their families—we grieve. For children missing and/or who died at a residential school in Canada—we grieve. For the abuse endured by residential school survivors and for the ways in which the abuse continues to impact their lives and communities—we grieve.
We also know that the residential school’s activities were carried out in Jesus’ name. We acknowledge with sadness that this is devastating and, as we learn, we long to be filled with compassion to deeply feel the pain and heartache of those who have suffered in residential schools.
Please join us as we pray for Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and all those impacted.
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