CRIW is deeply saddened by the tragic discovery of 215 children buried on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Canada’s shameful colonial policies to forcibly assimilate Indigenous peoples into white Canadian society through residential schools have separated thousands of Indigenous children from their families and exposed innocent children to horrendous abuse. Generations of Indigenous peoples have been systematically robbed of their language, culture and family ties. CRIW stands in solidarity with Indigenous students, colleagues and all the families devastated by the effects of residential schools and whose children were never returned to them.