To the residential school survivors and families with connections to Kuper Island Industrial School

Please note this may be difficult for some to read.


It is with sympathy and compassion that we are thinking of the children who were forced to attend the Kuper Island Industrial School on Penelakut Island (formerly known as Kuper Island) – as well as their families.  With the discovery of 160 unmarked graves, it is undoubtedly a difficult time to consider what comes next. For those whose children never came home, those whose children were forever changed, and those who were once children and survived, we see you. We also wish to voice our support for the Penelakut Tribe and the members of the Spune’luxutth community at this difficult time. We are listening.


Evin Jones, Executive Director, on behalf of PAN staff and Board of Directors


National Indian Residential School Crisis Line: 1 866 925-4419

Within BC, the KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a First Nations and Indigenous specific crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, toll-free from anywhere in British Columbia. The KUU-US Crisis Line can be reached toll-free at 1 800 588-8717. Alternatively, call direct into the Youth Line at 250 723-2040 or the Adult Line at 250 723-4050, or online:

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, section on Missing Children and Burial Information (see 71-76)

Canada’s Residential Schools: Missing Children and Unmarked Burials. The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume 4