On Thursday the remains of 215 Indigenous children were discovered on the grounds of the Kamloops (Tk’emlups) Residential School. This devastating discovery resulted in a wave of grief and trauma that has swept through our nations. We stand with the Secwépemc people, Indian Residential School Survivors, their families, and their communities as they process this tragic loss.

We call on all of you to join Reconciliation Canada as we host an online gathering designed to create an understanding of the impacts of this discovery and support the long-term healing of those affected. Reconciliation Canada’s Ambassador, Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, delivered a crucial interview outlining the impact of this discovery on CBC this afternoon. You can locate mental health resources here:

  • 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.
  • The Indian Residential School Survivors Society offers a crisis line for grief, crisis, and trauma counseling 1-800-721-0066.
  • For mental wellness and substance use, please visit https://www.fnha.ca/what-we-do/mental-wellness-and-substance-use
  • 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 kuu-uscrisisline.com.

We invite you on this shared journey of truth-telling, mourning and responsibility. Now is the time for us to reflect critically on our values and the true meaning and role of Reconciliation in Canada.

Saturday: Honouring Children
Date: May 29th, 2021
Time: 9am PST – 10:30am PST
Watch the gathering again: https://fb.watch/5RnytvGMih/

Sunday: Your Ancestors Await You
Date: May 30th, 2021
Time: 9am PST – 10:30am PST
Watch the gathering again: https://fb.watch/5RnJHMI4DD/

Monday: Protocols & Ceremonies
Date: May 31st, 2021
Time: 9am PST – 10:30am PST
Watch the gathering again: https://fb.watch/5RnG4tNYYF/

Tuesday: Moving Forward Together
Date: Jun 1st, 2021
Time: 9am PST – 10:30am PST
Watch the gathering again: https://fb.watch/5TExu09uNW/