Media Release – Yukon Residential Schools and Missing Children Project Findings
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 28, 2023
Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Acknowledge Yukon Residential Schools and Missing Children Project Findings
Dakwäkäda (Haines Junction, Yukon Territory) – The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) Chief and Council would like to acknowledge the recent findings of the Yukon Residential Schools and Missing Children Project. The release of the archival research and ground-penetrating radar findings serves as a heavy reminder of the painful history that First Nations people endured for generations.
Dän nätthe äda K’úkhįá (Chief Barb Joe) stated, “Even though we knew this news was coming, the finding of 15 ‘potential’ grave sites at Choutla, still takes your breathe away. But, we also know how important it is to ensure that the truth is known, and the fates of those lost children acknowledged.”
In these challenging times, CAFN emphasizes the importance of unity and connection for healing. Community fires are being hosted in Dakwäkäda, Shadhäla and Takhini for all to gather from 10 am – 7 pm, until Friday, September 29. Snacks and warm beverages are provided and free counselling services will be available.
“Looking at our Citizens today, I can confidently say that we honor and recognize all of the children who attended residential schools, speaking our language, raising families that are proud of their culture, and renewing our relationships with the land, because this is dan k’e (our way).” – Dän nätthe äda K’úkhįá (Chief Barb Joe)
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