We stand in mourning with Indigenous communities across Turtle Island, our Indigenous staff and board members, participants, and partners, as they grieve the tragic deaths of 215 children at the Kamloops Residential School. This number is a small fraction of the children whose lives were lost in residential schools, and we seek the truth and a commitment across our country to document the many layers of this tragedy and the deaths we can account for.
As an organization that works with children, we are heartbroken over the loss of so many young Indigenous lives.
While this mass grave site reveals the past, the systemic oppression of Indigenous people in Canada is not historical. For survivors and their descendants, the impact of residential schools continues today.
We know that:
We commit to being a space for Indigenous led gatherings and stewardship that address the impacts of residential schools, to honour and respect Indigenous perspectives and practices, and to collaborate with and learn from Indigenous communities.
If you are interested in being informed and active, you can:
Attend a Taking Action Together session on June 7th, 7-9pm which will support the collective writing of letters to MPs demanding action for the survivors of Residential Schools, and for the families: bit.ly/TA2Gether
Connect with anyone you know directly impacted by this news
Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Month in a way that is meaningful for you Join First Nations Child & Family Caring Society “I Am A Witness” at https://fncaringsociety.com/i-...
Learn about the reality for children in Indigenous communities today at: https://www.nccih.ca/docs/health/RPT-ECD-PHAC-Greenwood-Halseth-EN.pdf
Watch Alanis Obomsawin’s National Film Board documentary — titled We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice (2016)
Educate yourself and your children about our history and insist history curriculum is corrected and updated
Read the Association of First Nations Report Card on Truth and Reconciliation Actions:
Visit the Indigenous Knowledge Portal at: https://fncaringsociety.com/ik... to seek resources for age-appropriate stories and tools for conversation with children
Reach out if you would like to talk to somebody after hearing this news, these Indigenous crisis support lines can help: Tsow-Tun-Le-Lum Society: 1-888-403-3123 (7 days a week); Kuu-Us Crisis Line: 1-800-588-8717 (24/7); Indian Residential School Survivors Society: 1-866-925-4419. As well, Kids Help Phone is another resource that provides counselling to youth: 1-800-668-6868 https://kidshelpphone.ca