Municipality of the County of Inverness

Inverness County Mourns

June 3, 2021

KEKWIAMKEK, UNAMA’KI – Council and staff of the Municipality of the County of Inverness mourn the devastating loss of the 215 children whose remains were recently discovered in a mass grave at the site of the former Kamloops Residential School. The Municipality extends its sincere condolences to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, and to all the family, friends, and loved ones of these children who never returned home. This horrific discovery is but one of many atrocities caused by the residential school system, forever affecting First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities. Flags at the Port Hood Administrative Building are flying at half-mast to honour the innocent lives lost, the survivors, and their family and friends

Municipal Council and staff join the voices across the country calling for the Government of Canada to prioritize the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action Report, and to undertake the vital work of ensuring every First Nations, Inuit, and Métis community has access to the quality supports and conditions necessary to heal and flourish.

Municipal Council and staff affirm and acknowledge that the County is located within Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. The Municipality greatly values its ongoing collaborations with We’koqma’q First Nation and all other First Nations communities of Unama’ki. The Municipality is committed to reconciliation and will continue to learn and grow in a manner that supports First Nations, Inuit, and Métis friends and neighbours.

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