Trigger warning: loss, death
Horrific news of the 215 children’s remains found at the former Kamloops residential school. Our condolences to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and all Indigenous communities.
The 215 children and all other lives so wrongly taken, may you rest in peace, and may your families find healing. Lives taken, families torn apart, intergenerational trauma – this is a painful reminder of the atrocious history of Canada’s treatment of Indigenous People. We acknowledge that this deep rooted racism still exists today, and we must do better.
Support is available for anyone affected by the lingering effects of residential schools, and those who are triggered by the latest reports.
The IRSSS can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-721-0066.
A national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former students and those affected. Access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.
Within B.C., the KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a First Nations and Indigenous-specific crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s toll-free and can be reached at 1-800-588-8717 or online at www.kuu-uscrisisline.com.