A federal minister says the government will restrict airspace over the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, which is about five miles east of Kamloops International Airport and directly under one of its main approaches. Minister of Indigenous Services Marc Miller announced the measure in a tweet on Friday. The NOTAM has been posted.
The restrictions are apparently aimed at restricting news and sightseeing drone and aircraft activity over the site, which is the site of 215 unmarked graves of children who died during the 70 years the Catholic-run facility was in operation. “Out of respect for the privacy of the survivors and families, we have restricted the air space over the former Kamloops residential school. We will continue to work closely with the Indigenous communities affected and respect their mourning period.”