Moving from Our Heads to Our Hearts to Our Hands Summary Report of the National Gathering on Unmarked Burials: Supporting the Search and Recovery of Missing Children

Press Release

Message from Kimberly Murray, the Independent Special Interlocutor for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves and Burial Sites Associated with Indian Residential Schools

I want to begin by acknowledging the strength of Indigenous Survivors, families and communities across Turtle Island who are leading the Sacred work of recovering the missing children. I want to especially acknowledge the Survivors, who have shared their truths and testimonies for decades about the unmarked burials of children who died while being forced to attend Indian Residential Schools. Survivors have spoken about the unmarked burials that are associated with every former Indian Residential School, but for far too long their truths have been dismissed or ignored.

Within Indigenous communities, these truths are well-known; they have been shared over the years in whispers and hushes, in tears, and in ceremonies. Survivors, Indigenous families and communities have taken action on these truths and many started searching for the missing children long ago. There have been many confirmations over the years of unmarked burials of children who were never returned home from Indian Residential School dating back as early as the 1970s.

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