The Women’s Centre joins residential school survivors and their families in grief over the 215 children found in Kamloops, British Columbia, 104 children in Brandon, Manitoba, 35 children in Lestock, Saskatchewan, 38 children in Regina, Saskatchewan, and the thousands of others still to be found. Our hearts go out to the Indigenous peoples in our community and across Turtle Island who have suffered, and continue to suffer, as a result of systemic oppression and colonial violence in Canada.
The Women’s Centre recognizes the strength and resilience of Indigenous communities. As an organization, we recommit to our reconciliation and anti-racism work and to centering Indigenous women’s voices. We stand in solidarity with the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) to enact and bring about meaningful change through their National Action Plan to Meet the Calls for Justice of the MMIWG National Inquiry
We support the renaming of Langevin School
to Riverside School. We are also part of the reconciliation action group
and support the name change of Sir John A. MacDonald school and other institutions named after people who were involved in the residential school system. We recognize that this is a small step in an ongoing reconciliation process of settler accountability and decolonization.
Below, and throughout this newsletter, we have provided a list of events and resources on ways you can take action:
The National Residential School Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419 provides support 24/7 for anyone impacted by the residential school system.