July 1st Statement in Support of Indigenous Communities

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.

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.

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.

Donate to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society: https://www.irsss.ca/donate

Donate to Indigenous Land Defenders:

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.