Kamloops news shook Canada. The Discovery of the remains of 215 children on a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia, shocked the country. It left a deep impression on Canadians. The latter affected them more than any other recent events. Furthermore, Innovative Research Group has recently surveyed to identify the awareness level of what happened. Also, it turns out that seventy-seven percent of respondents very, very familiar or somewhat familiar with the reports of human remains. The number is much higher in comparison to the awareness regarding other major tragedies in past years.
In 2019, only 48 percent of respondents were familiar with missing indigenous women and girls. In 2015, only 41 percent were familiar with the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on residential schools.
Abacus Data survey that the Assembly of First Nations and the Canadian Race Relation Foundation has commissioned suggests that Kamloops news of 215 dead children shook Canada. 32 percent of respondents agreed with the statement. “I knew it was bad, but not this bad.” Another 21 percent agreed with the following. “I was shocked, I had no idea things were that bad at residential schools, and so many children could die.” Eighty-one percent of respondents felt very angry or somewhat angry about the news. Fifty-eight percent think that it was genocide.
Sixty-eight percent of Canadians believe that residential school events “created issues that still require government responses today.” Sixty-three percent say that the federal government must do more to address the problems that Indigenous peoples face. Sixty-eight percent believe that Canadians must resolve the inequalities.
Innovative Research Group conducted the survey in June. The sample size was 1,043. Results considered age, gender, and region. It was not a random probability sample. Therefore the group could not calculate the margin on error.