Ama gawdi süülgya̱xs,
This past week, there was a horrific and devastating discovery of the graves of 215 children buried on the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Our hearts break for the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc people and for all of the families that endured the unimaginable torment of the Residential School System. The Truth part of Truth and Reconciliation is deeply painful. As Justice Murry Sinclair said “The road we travel is equal in importance to the destination we seek. There are no shortcuts. When it comes to truth and reconciliation we are forced to go the distance.” There cannot be reconciliation without truth.
On Monday, May 31st we ask everyone to wear orange so that we may honour the 215 Indigenous children who lost their lives in Kamloops and show that Every Child Matters.
This discovery will impact our school and our community in a variety of different ways. Please be patient, present, and kind to one another. Allow people to grieve in their own way and provide an open heart and open mind if you are supporting someone experiencing the impact of trauma.
The following is a list of resources and hotlines dedicated to supporting Indigenous people.
KUU-US Crisis Line
Indian Residential School Survivors and Family
Mon – Fri, 8am – 8 pm PT:
Weekends, 10 am – 2pm PT:
Aboriginal Wellness Program
604-675-2551 or 1-866-884-0888
Canadian Mental Health Association – British Columbia Division
First Nations Health Authority – Mental Health Benefit
Métis Nation BC – Mental Health Services
National Crisis Hotlines
Kids Help Phone
Crisis Services Canada
1-833-456-4566 or text 45645
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line