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Hundreds of trucks and other vehicles streamed into Kamloops on Saturday (June 5) as the We Stand In Solidarity convoy made its way to the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc reserve.
The convoy was organized by Kelowna-area trucker Mike Otto to show solidarity for First Nations after the Tk’emlúps First Nation announced on May 27 that a ground-penetrating radar scan on grounds near the former residential school had discovered the remains of 215 children in separate unmarked graves.
Tk’emlups Chief Rosanne Casimir said the deaths are undocumented, as far as the band is aware.
The convoy snaked into Kamloops from three separate meeting points: Kelowna, Merritt and Williams Lake.
Upon arrival, there was a drum circle and a ceremony.
“I cannot imagine what families went through to have their children taken away with no choice,” Otto said. “A few times it has brought tears to my eyes.”