Today, on July 1st, TO350 members would like to acknowledge the horrific findings of childrens' remains at the former residential school sites across Canada and express our support for Indigenous communities. This is a time of mourning, not a time to celebrate.
If you are a survivor of Indigenous residential schools, or someone who bears the intergenerational trauma of them and you need support, call the Residential School help line: 1-866-925-4419. If you are looking for local social supports anywhere across Canada, call 211.
We have put together a Resource List for those who may be struggling after the traumatic discovery of of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Mental health supports are vital to ensure that trauma is not life-lasting.— National Association of Friendship Centres (@NAFC_ANCA) June 7, 2021
View the list: https://t.co/DKWOqsEEGt pic.twitter.com/bckaPyojdp
This knowledge is not new knowledge. It is yet another confirmation of what Indigenous families have been saying for so long. It is another confirmation of the fact that Canada is built on colonialism and acts of genocide.
This is also not just history. Inter-generational trauma, inequity and colonialism continue to impact Indigenous communities today. Indigenous children continue to be separated from their families. Incarceration rates are disproportionate. Access to basic human rights, like clean drinking water, are blocked.
NEW: Residential schools took away children, so Canada could take away the land.— The Breach (@TheBreachMedia) June 25, 2021
They weren’t schools of instruction but destruction, sinister machines of dispossession of Indigenous life and land.
And the dispossession hasn’t stopped. pic.twitter.com/upDcBkjlY4
For non-Indigenous Canadians, TO350 would like to suggest that we use this day for reflection and commitment to action, not celebration.
Take the initiative to read or re-read the Truth and Reconciliation commission's reports and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls final report. Find your place among the recommendations and begin taking action.
Here are a few more social shares and ideas for what we could do, to empathetically and actively mark this day.
Join @SpiritBear & read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action in this free child friendly version. Residential School survivors asked all of us to make sure this work gets done. Top Calls to Action are about Indigenous children today. https://t.co/6xtMN2dhqx pic.twitter.com/vRnadORsb2— Cindy Blackstock (@cblackst) June 26, 2021
Residential school survivors told their truths. You can help make their dream of justice a reality- call your MP & demand the feds stop fighting Indigenous kids & residential school survivors in court & implement the TRC Calls to Action. https://t.co/VCB8biZ2MZ— Cindy Blackstock (@cblackst) June 24, 2021
As settlers in Canada, we have a responsibility - both individually as people and collectively as a country- in reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.— On Canada Project (@oncanadaproject) June 1, 2021
We're putting together a resource page at @oncanadaproject ➡️ https://t.co/DFpHmJcGcI#215children #everychildmatters pic.twitter.com/Uyd2ZPENRK
Donate to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society: https://www.irsss.ca/donate
10 ways to donate to Indigenous communities in Canada https://t.co/lW9v69AReG #Canada #Toronto #IndigenousCanada— blogTO (@blogTO) June 26, 2021
Donate to Indigenous Land Defenders:
- 1492 Land Back Lane: @1492LBL – gofundme Legal Fund
- Tiny House Warriors: Donate
- Unist’ot’en Camp: @UnistotenCamp, https://unistoten.camp/
- Gidimt’en Checkpoint: @Gidimte, yintahaccess.com – Donate
- Raven Trust: Donate
Unfolding findings will continue to underscore this countries' destructive, colonial history. They will continue to re-initiate grief and trauma for those impacted by the residential school system, for those whose children need to come home.
Non-Indigenous folk, to mark July 1st, vow to be part of reconciliation - self-initiate learning, check-in on your Indigenous friends, amplify Indigenous voices, commit to action and show up in solidarity.