A new statue of two Indigenous children out front St. Eugene Resort and Casino is a reminder of the building’s painful but important history.
This from CEO Barry Zwueste following Wednesday’s unveiling of the monument called “‡kamnin’tik” or “The Children”.
It is to honour the strength, resilience, and spirit of those who attended residential schools.
Zwueste says the concept of the monument has been years in the making and artist Cameron Douglas did a brilliant job bringing it to life.
The CEO says people may hear about Truth and Reconciliation in the news but not everyone really gets it.
He suggests, now, at least the thousands of visitors who come to St. Eugene will gain more of an appreciation for Reconciliation and the history of residential schools.
Zwueste says it’s an extremely powerful image and everyone’s very happy to now have it in place.
The St. Eugene Mission operated as a residential school from 1912 to 1970 with over five thousand children from across BC and Alberta attending during that time.
– St. Eugene Resort and Casino CEO Barry Zwueste