Statement from Premier Sandy Silver on the discovery of unmarked graves at the Marieval Indian Residential School site in Saskatchewan

Premier of the Yukon Sandy Silver has issued the following statement:

“Indigenous communities have long known the truth about residential schools and that truth can no longer be ignored by Canadians.
 
“We are devastated to learn of the discovery by the Cowessess First Nation. Our communities are still grieving from the discoveries in Kamloops and other sites in Canada and we know, with a heavy heart, that there will be more.
 
“Supports are available to Yukoners both in Whitehorse and in rural Yukon communities through Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services.
 
“Yukoners can schedule Rapid Access Counselling supports in Whitehorse and all MWSU community hubs by calling 1-867-456-3838.
 
“We stand in solidarity with Yukon First Nations and Indigenous Canadians through this difficult time. These painful discoveries must drive necessary conversations about Canada’s dark history. More importantly, all Canadians must take action to address our past and foster reconciliation for a brighter future.
 
“Out of respect, flags on all Yukon government buildings will be flown at half-mast for nine days to honour those who suffered trauma and harm along with their families and communities who are mourning.”

Media contact 

Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications
867-334-9194
renee.francoeur@yukon.ca

News release #: 
21-199