On behalf of the Faculty of Education at York University, I ask that we each take the time tomorrow, June, 1, 2021, the beginning of National Indigenous History Month, to hold in our minds and our hearts the 215 children discovered on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. These children never returned home from school, a chilling statement that calls us all to be more than witnesses to the evidence of wrongdoings against Indigenous peoples. Not only must we bear witness but, as educators, we must lead change by our actions and curriculum as we engage with our students who share in the formation of the political and social leaders of tomorrow.
My condolences to Indigenous communities as they deal with yet another tragedy.
Professor & Interim Dean