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Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across B.C. are dedicated to igniting the power and potential inherent in all young people.

As such, the recent heart-wrenching revelations have affected us deeply and we extend our sincere condolences to the community of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and Indigenous communities across Canada.

We join them in mourning the 215 children whose lives were lost in Kamloops and all lives lost or affected by the residential school system.

We acknowledge the deep-rooted grief and loss that has been caused by Canada’s colonial systems and policies that are still a present-day reality for too many.

There can be no reconciliation without first bringing truths to light.

We hope that all British Columbians will join us in calling for funding the further investigations that will be required to reveal the true scope of the trauma caused by the residential school system and undertake the significant work needed to bring about change.

If you or anyone you know needs help during these times.  Please contact Hope for Wellness Helpline at 1-855-242-3310.

The Indian Residential School Survivors Society Emergency Crisis Line is available 24/7 for those that may need counselling or support after receiving this distressing information. Call 1-800-721-0066 or the 24-hr crisis line 1-866-925-4419.