Local Mounties are assisting the investigation after the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced that a search using ground-penetrating radar had led to the discovery of the remains of 215 children on grounds near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.
But the RCMP added it is taking a back seat to the probe, which is being led by the Tk’emlúps band.
“The Tk’emlúps Rural RCMP has attended the site, participated in meetings and will continue working closely with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc community leaders in determining the next steps and the best way to be involved in any investigative avenues explored going forward, Tk’emlúps Rural RCMP detachment commander Staff Sgt. Bill Wallace said in a release.
At the same time, he said, the RCMP wants to ensure it is being supportive, respectful and culturally sensitive to the indigenous communities that have been impacted.
A police file has been opened and any further actions will be taken in consultation with Tk’emlúps, Wallace said.