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Friday, June 25, 2021

In response to the discovery of 751 unmarked graves at the Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan

The discovery of 751 unmarked graves at the Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan, which was operational until 1997, is devastating. It is continued evidence of the genocide of Indigenous peoples in Canada. We stand in solidarity with the Cowessess First Nation Community.

There will be more tragic discoveries as other sites are searched; this will not be the last mass burial site found on this land.
We encourage you to learn and read more, to donate to Indigenous-led organizations, and to support the self-determination of Indigenous people in communities across Canada.

 


If you need support, there is a 24/7 Emergency Crisis Line available through the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) at 1800-721-0066 and the National Residential School Crisis line 1-866-925-4419.

If you are looking to learn or read more, here is a selection of websites, resources, and other programming:

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba https://nctr.ca/

A Special Report published by the Yellowhead Institute: Calls to Action Accountability: A 2020 Status Update on Reconciliation

Learn about the land where you live and its territories, languages, and treaties: https://native-land.ca/

Learn more about Indigenous-settler relations by taking a FREE course through the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta

You can make a donation to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society here: https://www.irsss.ca/donate

Resources For non-Indigenous People: http://www.trc.ca/resources.html….

Assembly of First Nations – Its Our Time – Residential Schools Toolkit: https://education.afn.ca/…/learnin…/residential-schools/

Aboriginal Healing Foundation – Residential School Resources Directory: http://www.ahf.ca/publications/residential-school-resources

An Overview of the Indian Residential School System booklet: http://www.anishinabek.ca/…/An-Overview-of-the-IRS…

If you’re a settler, here are some places where you can make a donation to support residential school survivors and their families:

Indian Residential School Survivors Society

Legacy of Hope Foundation

Woodland Cultural Centre’s Save the Evidence campaign

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

First Nations Child & Family Caring Society

Reconciliation Canada

Indspire

Native Women’s Association of Canada

Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund

Follow these regionally based organizations on your social media:

Bawaajigwein Aboriginal Community Circle @Bawaajigewin on Facebook

Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation @MSIFN on Twitter

If you’re a settler, start following @OnCanadaProject to continue your learning

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