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Residential school survivors mourn after discovery of unmarked graves

An outpouring of grief and demands for accountability follow in the wake of a horrific discovery of unmarked graves of children at a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. CBC’s Angela Sterritt reports.
Dozens of shoes, boots and moccasins have been placed in Stoney Creek as a memorial to the children whose remains were discovered on the grounds of a residential school in Kamloops, B.C. (Bobby Hristova/CBC)

This week, all across the country, memorials were made out of teddy bears and rows of tiny shoes as people gathered to mourn the deaths of Indigenous children who fell victim to one of Canada's darkest national shames — the residential school system. The public outcry followed a devastating discovery: the unmarked graves of children at a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.

Today, CBC reporter Angela Sterritt joins us to explain how residential school survivors and their families are reacting to the news and how many are demanding action to finally be taken. 

The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former students and those affected. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line at 1-866 925-4419. 

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

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