Statement on the Kamloops Residential School Discovery

Posted on June 11, 2021
Engineers and Geoscientists BC shares in the deep sadness felt across the province at the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on May 31, 2021. Our hearts and condolences are with the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and all Indigenous communities across Canada who are impacted by the tragedy and the ongoing trauma of the residential school system. 

As the regulator for engineering and geoscience in British Columbia, we are committed to learning and growing as an ally for the Indigenous community. More than ever, we remain dedicated to advancing reconciliation.  We continue to make progress on the recommendations from our 2018 review of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 94 Calls to Action. 

While we have taken some important foundational steps by reviewing the Calls to Action, we are at the beginning of our journey towards reconciliation, and we acknowledge that all of us as Canadians have a role to play in making sure we do not repeat the harmful mistakes of our past. We take this responsibility seriously.  

To learn more about some of the actions we are taking to further our knowledge towards truth and reconciliation, and to provide resources to support continuing education opportunities for engineering and geoscience professionals, visit the Truth and Reconciliation section of our website.  

Engineers and Geoscientists BC acknowledges the need to address systemic issues of inequity and we are committed to building an inclusive environment within our organization, across all volunteer groups, and for registrants and registrant firms that promotes equity and diversity within the professions of engineering and geoscience. 

As we remember and honour the victims of Canada’s residential school system, we are listening, and we are learning so that we can do better. We are working to understand our past in order to move towards reconciliation, and to work together to create a better and more equitable future for all Indigenous communities.  

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