The University of Lethbridge held a ceremony today to honour the memory of the 215 school children who were found buried underneath a Kamloops Residential School site. The remains were found by a ground penetrating radar specialist last week. The U of L’s Chancellor, Charles Weaselhead, who is a residential school survivor himself, says the university is deeply saddened by the news.
“Of course it touched my heart. It rekindled some of the memories that went on through the residential school for myself. Some of us still suffer the lifelong trauma going through that experience, and our children through the intergenerational trauma. Loneliness, and abandonment, those kinds of issues begin to surface to the top as well,” says Weaselhead.
The virtual gathering featured a prayer and honour song for the victims.