The BC and Yukon Book Prizes stands with the Indigenous communities of British Columbia and Yukon, as well as those across this land we now call Canada, as we grieve the tragedy of the discovery at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Institutional and colonial violence shapes the lives of Indigenous people. Colonialism shapes the narratives of our country, and prevents meaningful reconciliation. The BC and Yukon Book Prizes celebrates and honours those whose lands we call home, those who care for and steward the land. We join with our colleagues, friends and communities across Canada and call on the federal and provincial governments to respond to and implement the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. It is necessary that there is meaningful action towards decolonization and reconciliation. We are with the Indigenous communities of Kamloops and elsewhere in their sorrows as they grieve and mourn the loss of their children.

Take Action! Wondering what you can do to work toward reconciliation? Here are some resources for settlers and allies: