As we end National Indigenous History Month, it is on the same note as we started, with profound sorrow. Today marks the discovery of additional unmarked graves, this time near a former residential school in Cranbrook, BC.
This Canada Day, to honour all the Indigenous children found over the past month, and all those still missing, we have lowered the flags outside of Women’s College Hospital. As a nation, we must use this Canada Day to reflect, respect and remember the tragedy of residential schools and treatment of Indigenous communities. Our thoughts and hearts go out to Indigenous community members today and every day, as we walk the path towards reconciliation.
These ongoing discoveries may have serious impacts on the mental health and well-being of many and support is available:
The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419
Women’s College Employee and Family Assistance Program 1-800-663-1142
Every child matters.