Letter from the Chair of the Board of Education: Former St. Eugene Residential School

Dear School District 8 – Kootenay Lake Community,

SD8 Kootenay Lake acknowledges and honours the lands of the Ktunaxa peoples, on whose traditional territory our school district operates. We honour the lands of the yaqan nukiy peoples on whose territory our schools operate. It is with deep sadness in our hearts that we also acknowledge the 182 unmarked graves at the former St. Eugene Residential School at ?aq’am.

SD8 Kootenay Lake acknowledges this deep history and deep loss, the ancestors, survivors, families and extended families of St. Eugene Residential School. There are few words to offer at this time except to share that we hope together we can move forward with truth, with listening, and with open hearts. It is our deepest hope that as the future unfolds, together we will find the truth of reconciliation – together. 

SD8 Kootenay Lake honours the relationships and friendships we hold with the Ktunaxa Nation and we hold your community in our hearts at this time.

 

Sincerely,

Lenora Trenaman

Board Chair

School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake)