Every Child Matters: Honouring the Children

The horrible impact and intergenerational trauma created by residential schools across Canada is ongoing. Following the discovery of a mass grave containing 215 bodies on the former Kamloops Indian Residential School grounds in Kamloops, B.C. in late May, investigations began at other residential school sites across the country. More recently, several hundred unmarked graves were found at the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Cowessess, Saskatchewan, the former St. Eugene’s Mission School near Cranbrook, B.C., and on the site of the Kuper Island Industrial School on Kuper Island, B.C. Survivor witness testimony indicates that unmarked graves will continue to be found.
 
We extend our sympathy and support to all Indigenous nations and to all of our own Indigenous community members.
 
As AMDSB families and as educators, we must inform ourselves and help to raise awareness about this dark aspect of our history. We must be changemakers.
 
Having an emotional reaction to traumatic news like this is normal and justified. Please reach out using the resources listed below if you need support.
 
Here are some things you can do to support our Indigenous community members:
  • Learn more about these issues from other non-media sources (listed below)
  • Raise awareness with friends and family
  • Contact your MP, Senator, or MPP
  • Sign petitions
  • Make a donation to a children’s charitable organization

Resources

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Speaking to children about trauma

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