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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.

 

24/7 supports:

KUU-US Crisis Line

1-800-588-8717

 

Indian Residential School Survivors and Family

1-866-925-4419

Mon – Fri, 8am – 8 pm PT:

Weekends, 10 am – 2pm PT:

 

Tsow-Tun-Le-Lum Society

1-888-403-3123

 

Aboriginal Wellness Program

604-675-2551 or 1-866-884-0888

 

Canadian Mental Health Association – British Columbia Division

1-800-555-8222

 

HeretoHelp

1-800-661-2121

 

First Nations Health Authority – Mental Health Benefit

https://www.fnha.ca/benefits/mental-health

 

Métis Nation BC – Mental Health Services

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/mental-health-substance-use/resources/kuu-us-crisis-line>

 

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National Crisis Hotlines

Kids Help Phone

1-800-668-6868

 

Crisis Services Canada

1-833-456-4566 or text 45645

 

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line

1-855-242-3310

 

 

 

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