(Insert date here)
Hon. (insert local MP)
(city and province)
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Dear Hon. (MPs name),
My name is (insert name here) and I am a constituent in your district at (insert postal code). I am writing this letter with a great deal of grief and concern. The news of the 215 children’s bodies that were recovered at the former Kamloops Residential School, and the findings since, have shaken the nation. To some this may come as a surprise, but to others who are educated on the cultural genocide of Indigenous peoples in Canada, this tragedy was unfortunately to be expected.
I am strongly encouraging you to take action and request funding for forensic archeology investigations in collaboration with Indigenous communities to occur on all Indian Residential School grounds, including those that operated without federal support. There is a petition for a National Day of Mourning for the lost children of residential school, however, I believe coupled with the concrete actions that I am strongly encouraging you to advocate for would better address the still very dark and shameful current chapter of our country’s history.
This action is a part of Truth and Reconciliation that the Government of Canada committed to back in 2015. As one of the main perpetrators of this violence against Indigenous peoples, your government must take concrete actions to mend its relationships with Indigenous peoples in meaningful ways.
As the Government of Canada, you must do better; you must honour and respect the lives of these children and the families who never received answers by giving them a proper resting place. Their voices, which would have carried knowledge, language, love, and tradition, have now been erased at the hands of the Canadian government.
Thank you for taking the time to listen to my concerns, and I look forward to receiving a response from you on this matter.