Every Child Matters

The Cranbrook Public Library would like to express its sincere condolences to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and all those impacted by the recent discovery of the remains of 215 children at the former Kamloops Residential School.

We recognize, as well, that our grief is nothing compared to the intense feelings of sadness, frustration, and anger experienced by the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and Indigenous Peoples across the country. The tragedy is that these emotions are not new; Indigenous Peoples have been living with them for generations.









The Ktunaxa Nation Council calls upon all Canadians to learn the history of the residential school system in this country, and what this system was designed to do. Healing can only begin when the absolute truth is known.

Below are a selection of resources the Library has that can help lead the discussion.

Every Child Matters for young children





Every Child Matters for older children and teens






Every Child Matters for adults






External Learning (Coming Soon)

The Cranbrook Public Library is working with the Ktunaxa Nation and the ʔaq’am Community to ensure we present resources which are appropriate, respectful, and meaningful.