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Statement on the Kuper Island Residential School

We have been reminded yet again of the unimaginable suffering which continues to be experienced by Indigenous peoples in Canada as a result of the residential school system. This recent discovery of more than 160 unmarked graves at the site of the former Kuper Island Residential School is a sobering reminder that there may be many more children yet to be found who never made it home to their families. The Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador remains committed to implementing the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and ensuring that a knowledge of the history of Indigenous peoples will guide future actions so that the mistakes of the past are not repeated. Our thoughts are with the Penelakut Tribe and all those who continue to live with the trauma inflicted by the residential school system.