Camosun expresses its sorrow and stands alongside the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc

Camosun College is horrified by the news that the remains of 215 children have been found in the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School, which sat on the traditional territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc. Our hearts go out to the families and communities who were and are directly affected by this news and by the original loss of their children. We are all affected. This affirms Camosun’s commitment to redressing the impact of our shared history. In memory of these children, Camosun flags on both campuses will be lowered.

Faculty/staff profile

English and Math Instructor

Mark Kunen


Off campus

Victoria Native Friendship Centre

BA, Prof Teaching Cert

Academic Upgrading

School of Access

In 1970, I moved to Canada from the United States. Camosun College has been my place of work since 1978. I teach English and sometimes Math at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre and the Songhees Reserve, and I am glad to be doing so. I see every person as both an individual and part of a network of relationships. I believe that the knowledge and confidence students develop through education can ripple out in a good way from the students to their families and communities and even to future generations. The work matters, and so I try to be my best self in class and, while I am present with students, to regard them as the most important persons in my world.