In collaboration with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, Transport Canada has issued a notice banning all air traffic, including drones, from flying lower than 500 feet above the Kamloops Indian Residential School area on the Tk’emlups reserve.
In a tweet, Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra said: “Out of respect for the privacy of the survivors and their families, we have issued a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) over the former Kamloops residential school. We will continue to work closely with the indigenous communities and continue to grieve with them.”
The ban comes a week after the band announced the remains of 215 children had been found in unmarked graves on grounds near the former school, using ground-penetrating radar.
The area where the band said the remains were found is south of the former school.