Front Burner

Kamloops residential school: What happens next?

After the revelation of unmarked graves at a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., former Truth and Reconciliation commissioner Marie Wilson speaks to us about what needs to happen next.

When Marie Wilson started her work as a Truth and Reconciliation commissioner, the very first community event she attended was at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in B.C. That is where a devastating discovery was made recently: the unmarked graves of Indigenous children. That has prompted calls for action and accountability on the legacy of residential schools across Canada, including from Wilson.

Today on Front Burner, Wilson talks to guest host Elaine Chau on what needs to happen next, as the country again reckons with its residential school legacy.

The national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former students and others affected. 

You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour line at 1-866 925-4419.

Within British Columbia, the KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a First Nations and Indigenous-specific toll-free crisis line 24/7 at 1-800-588-8717, or online at