An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
IT’S NOT AT ALL A SURPRISE that residential school gravesite discoveries are the biggest news story of 2021.
Editors of Canadian Press news outlets have chosen it as the story of the year over other major events such as B.C.’s wildfires and recent floods, omicron and the global climate change issue.
I hope one of the big stories of 2022 will be that further research will provide some closure — if that’s even possible — for First Nations and for the country.
A big piece of that quest is confirming the identities of the missing children of residential schools. It’s a daunting task but not necessarily impossible.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.