The Little Flower Academy community wants to express our collective and deep sadness and distress around the report of the discovery of the remains of 215 children buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Our particular thoughts and prayers are with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, other affected indigenous communities, and with all that lost family members and loved ones.
As a school community, and like many schools across the province, we plan to use this devastating discovery to inform an immediate response in our teaching and learning to build a more just and compassionate society. It is our responsibility to teach the truth about the residential school system; to deepen our collective understanding of the inter-generational harm that the residential school system caused; to acknowledge the role of the Catholic Church within these schools; to contribute to the process of reconciliation and healing; and, to take action against the societal injustices that continue within our communities today.
We have a number of educational activities to respond directly to this most recent news, which will span the final weeks of school. We have scheduled two Truth and Reconciliation Days of Learning, where our faculty will take time to have purposeful, meaningful conversations with their classes, incorporating age-appropriate resources. Every child matters and we are encouraging students and staff to wear their orange t-shirts on our Truth and Reconciliation Days of Learning to honour those children who did not make it home.
As more information about the Kamloops Indian Residential School becomes available, we will update our school communications and curriculum.
We know only what has been reported in the media about the Sisters of St. Ann connection to the Kamloops Indian Residential School.
Little Flower Academy was founded by the Sisters of St. Ann in 1927. The Sisters ran LFA until 1994, when the ownership and operation was passed on to an independent charitable society, the Jane Rowan Society. The last Sister of St. Ann to act as an administrator at the school retired in 1998.
We pray for the wisdom to learn from past mistakes and to find paths towards reconciliation.