The Ending Violence Association of British Columbia and our more than 300 member programs and initiatives stand in grief with Indigenous people and families, with Indigenous communities and survivors of the residential school system at the discovery of 215 children buried at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. This is yet more evidence of the profound violence perpetuated through Canada’s residential school system, and the impacts that continue to this day.
As an organization that works to end violence, we recognize that this discovery is part of a larger racist system that is a reality for Indigenous people of these lands. All Canadians must lean in to learning the full truth of Canada’s abuse of Indigenous peoples and the devastating impacts of settler colonialism. Our team at EVA BC is committed to continuing this learning and to taking action toward healing.
We will be listening to Indigenous partners and sharing their recommendations on the learning that individuals and institutions can undertake. As a starting point, we share the link to the report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which among other findings, documents the missing children and unmarked burials across the residential school system. http://www.trc.ca/about-us/trc-findings.html
While this news has shaken the entire country, we wish to recognize the deeply traumatizing effect on Indigenous communities. A 24-hour crisis support for Indigenous adults and youth is available at KUU-US Crisis Line Society: https://www.kuu-uscrisisline.com.