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As many are already aware, the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc First Nations recently confirmed the bodies of 215 Indigenous children were uncovered at the past site of the Kamloops, B.C. Indian Residential School. Although it is critical for all Canadians to know these truths, it comes at the re-traumatization of many Indigenous Peoples.
We realize that many professionals are working with communities and individuals who may be personally affected by this recent event. We hope the following resources may be of use to your own learnings and to your clients who may be seeking support.
Honouring the Message from Chief Casimir
Roasanne Casimir, chief of Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc First Nations asked that all Canadians reacquaint themselves with the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Final Report and the Calls to Actions as so much work has been done by survivors, the intergenerational survivors, and the TRC. She also asked that people start and continue to have conversations on these matters.
**Please do not ask Indigenous people, and especially those directly impacted by this tragedy, to be your teachers on this subject. Do your own research: find resources that are already public, ask your local librarian, etc.**
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada.
It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer:
- crisis intervention
Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at https://www.hopeforwellness.ca/.
The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of his or her Residential school experience.
For more information on the program, please refer to the IRSSS website at https://www.irsss.ca/faqs/how-do-i-reach-the-24-hour-crisis-line
Additional resources and calls to action can be found on https://oncanadaproject.ca/settlerstakeaction