Pacific Blue Cross Statement: Secwépemc Nation

Monday, May 31, 2021

Our hearts grieve for Indigenous peoples following the news from the Secwépemc Nation about the discovery of a mass grave on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

Pacific Blue Cross stands with the Secwépemc Nation and the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc community and all other First Nations people in British Columbia. This is devastating news, and we acknowledge the impact of the ongoing trauma and legacy of residential schools for First Nations people in the province and across the country.

The legacy of Indian Residential Schools in Canada and widespread racism is a part of the everyday lived experience for Indigenous peoples. This can and must change. Pacific Blue Cross is committed to doing what it can to eliminate systemic racism and is committed to increasing awareness and providing training for all of its employees.

There are several supports available for those impacted by this recent discovery and First Nations people in the province of British Columbia. These including the 24-hour KUU-US Crisis Line, Tsow-Tun-Le-Lum Society and Indian Residential School Survivors Society.

  • 24-hour KUU-US Crisis Line at 1-800-588-8717
  • Tsow-Tun-Le-Lum Society at 1-888-403-3123
  • Indian Residential School Survivors Society at 1-800-721-0066 or 604-985-4464
  • Contact information for the services above and other resources can be found on the FNHA website.

To honour the 215 children whose lives were taken, starting at 2:15pm on May 31, the Canadian and British Columbia flags at Pacific Blue Cross will be flown at half mast for 215 hours. All staff are encouraged to wear orange. Pacific Blue Cross is committed to doing more and recognizes there is much more work to do.