The horrific discovery of the remains of 215 children on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School has shocked and saddened us at CDTBC. We offer our sincerest condolences and want to stand with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nations and all Indigenous Peoples in BC as they deal with the grief and trauma caused by the Residential School System.
While this discovery is specifically linked to Canada’s Residential School System, we must also acknowledge that the In Plain Sight report by Dr. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond found evidence of widespread systemic racism against Indigenous peoples throughout the BC health care system.
As the regulator for the practice of dental technology in BC, we are committed to the work of improving safety for Indigenous Peoples who access healthcare services in BC. While we are appalled by the recent discovery in Kamloops, we are hopeful that it will lead to increased awareness of the need for continued reconciliation efforts with First Nations People in Canada.
The College reminds registrants of their responsibility to provide safe, effective, and ethical dental technology services for all patients in BC.