Many of us have been affected by the devastating news of the burial site found at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.
There are truly no words appropriate for the immense loss and grief that this situation represents. The discovery of these 215 children is simply horrific It’s a stark reminder of the past that we all must contend with, not just here in B.C., but across Canada. The shameful legacy of residential schools is not behind us.
On Site C, we work closely with Indigenous Nations and Indigenous workers every day. We know this news will reopen painful memories for many of those that we work with. This news hits close to home, and our thoughts are with Indigenous communities and our Indigenous work force on site during this difficult time.
As a small gesture, but we hope an important one, to demonstrate that as we all work towards reconciliation and support Indigenous communities and Indigenous workers in this time, BC Hydro and its Site C Contractors at site will be observing 215 seconds of silence at 2:15 on the site on Friday, June 4, 2021.
Please take the time with all of us, to pause and remember these children and the immense loss and grief that this situation represents
For those of you who may be having a difficult time with this situation, we encourage you to reach out to your networks for support. Check in with friends, family and loved ones, and offer support to those around you.
You can contact your employer for further information on counsellor services or access the Employee and Family Assistance plans.
Please continue to work safely and reach out if you need support.