Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare Expresses Condolences to Williams Lake First Nation Upon Preliminary Findings of 93 Burial Sites at Former Residential School

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Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare Expresses Condolences to Williams Lake First Nation Upon Preliminary Findings of 93 Burial Sites at Former Residential School

by ahnationtalk on January 26, 2022102 Views

Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare Expresses Condolences to Williams Lake First Nation Upon Preliminary Findings of 93 Burial Sites at Former Residential School

(January 26, 2022 – Toronto, ON) Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare issued the following statement expressing condolences following the recent announcement of the preliminary findings of 93 potential burial sites discovered on the grounds of the former St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School in Williams Lake First Nation, British Columbia:

“I am deeply saddened by the news of 93 potential burial sites at St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School,” said Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare. “On behalf of the Chiefs in Ontario, we send our prayers and deepest condolences to the Survivors, families and community of Williams Lake First Nation.”

“The pain and trauma endured by Survivors, families of those lost, and generations thereafter, must be acknowledged and their stories must be told. I call on all Canadian’s to acknowledge the reality and tragic legacy of residential schools and stand with First Nations across the country in support of our efforts to bring our children home while uncovering the truth of the racism and genocide committed by the Canadian government.

Today, we honour the community of Williams Lake First Nation, Survivors, Elders and Knowledge Keepers who have assisted in the investigation at the former site of the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School. Our hearts are with you during this time.”

Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare

Support is available. A 24-hour National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former Residential School students. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling: 1-866-925-4419

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The Chiefs of Ontario supports all First Nations in Ontario as they assert their sovereignty, jurisdiction and their chosen expression of nationhood. Follow Chiefs of Ontario on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @ChiefsOfOntario.

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Genna Benson
Communications and Public Affairs Manager
Policy and Communications Sector
Chiefs of Ontario
Telephone: 416-523-4020
Email: [email protected]

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