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Letters: Deepest sympathies go to residential school survivors

A Richmond News reader wants to send his condolences to the survivors of Canada's residential schools
Tsartlip First Nation member Renee Robinson performed a smudging ceremony at a vigil Monday evening at Richmond library plaza.

Dear Editor,

The ghastly discovery of the remains of possibly 215 children on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School is shocking.

These children may be from First Nations from all over Western Canada.

Our heart-felt sympathies go to all of the aboriginal communities. The stories of survivors of these residential schools are heart wrenching.

Naturally, this grisly discovery has brought back the painful memories for the survivors who went through the ordeal of attending these schools.

As Premier John Horgan has stated “this discovery is a tragedy of unimaginable proportions and highlights the violence and consequences of the residential school system.”

India Cultural Centre of Canada Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) Nanak Niwas, 8600 No. 5 Rd., Richmond, expresses its deepest sympathy for the aboriginal community. We offer our full support to them on this very sad and difficult occasion.

Balwant Sanghera