Statement on the Missing Children of the Kamloops Indian Residential School

Dear members of the UBC Orthopaedics Community,

It is with profound sadness that we have learned about the recent discovery of 215 children buried at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

The sorrow that this news represents is felt throughout our university community as well as our nation. We encourage everyone to reflect on the lives of the children lost and the pain felt by their families and communities. Our thoughts are with the families, communities, residential school victims and survivors, and all who mourn.

At the beginning of our June 2nd Grand Rounds session, we will take 215 seconds of silence to reflect on the Indigenous children’s lives lost, their families, their community, and for the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc elders and leaders who are courageously supporting this investigation.

Please take a moment to read the University’s statement here. For more information and resources, please visit the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre.

Sincerely,

Kishore Mulpuri
Professor & Head, Department of Orthopaedics
The University of British Columbia