The discovery of a mass grave of 215 Indigenous children found on the site of a former Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia. Our thoughts are with the TK'emlups Te Secwepemc First Nation, as well as with all Indigenous communities across Canada.
With the legacy of Indian Residential Schools in Canada a part of everyday lived experience for First Nations people, this horrific discovery means individuals across Canada will be reliving grief and pain. Taking care of mental health and coping is essential and supports are available.
- Support through the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation- Residential School Crisis Line. To Access emotional and Crisis referral services, call the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419
- Reconciliation Canada is hosting a gathering on Zoom today and tomorrow at 12pm-1:30pm EST http://zoom.us/j/99892409581
- Please check out the Reconciliation Canada site to honour the 215 children who died at the Kamloops (Tk’emlups) Residential School. All are welcome. https://reconciliationcanada.ca/. Reconciliation Canada will have ongoing Zoom events and live Facebook events.
- Should anyone need support dealing with this devastating news, please contact the Indian Residential School Survivors Society at 1-800-721-0066 or NAN HOPE at 1-844-626-4673.
- Hope for Wellness- offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or visit hopeforwellness.ca to chat with a counsellor.
Students in Ontario can also get support from Good2talk at anytime by calling 1-866-925-5454 or texting GOOD2TALKON to 686868 or get peer support no matter where they are studying from by downloading the TalkCampus app.