June 24, 2021
Statement from the RCMP Heritage Centre on the confirmation of 751 unmarked graves at former site of the Marieval Residential School on Cowessess First Nation
“The RCMP Heritage Centre, our board of directors and staff grieve alongside the citizens of Cowessess First Nation on the confirmation of 751 unmarked graves – children and adults who never came home – on the grounds of the former Marieval Residential School in the community,” Chair of the Centre’s board of directors Kevin Doherty said.
“We stand by our fellow board member and friend Chief Cadmus Delorme, the Cowessess First Nation community, and all survivors of residential schools and families affected by this intergenerational trauma.
“We know that the confirmation of unmarked graves in Kamloops and now here in Saskatchewan is just the beginning and that there will be more pain across the country in the weeks and months ahead. We are committed and willing participants in the Truth and Reconciliation process and recognize that true reconciliation can only come once the truth is understood and acknowledged.
“We encourage and welcome members of the community to The Place of Reflection – a stone medicine wheel located on the lawn to the east of the main drive of the Centre. The space provides a quiet place to grieve, and for solace and remembrance for anyone affected by today’s announcement.”
If you need further emotional support or someone to talk to, please reach out to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society at 1-800-721-0066 or the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line (available 24 hours a day) at 1-866-925-4419.