The Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary (AFCC) shares in the heartbreak of families who are impacted by the tragic discovery of the bodies of 215 children in a mass grave at the Kamloops Residential School. AFCC prays for you and asks Creator to embrace you as you and all Indigenous peoples continue our journey of healing.
For generations, unmarked graves of children who died while attending residential schools have been talked about in our communities across Canada. AFCC thanks the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc for bringing to light the horror of this one discovery for all Canadians.
AFCC’s Elder line is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm at 403-801-7482 for individuals in need of support. The Indian Residential Schools Crisis line is available 24/7 for anyone experiencing pain and distress at 1-866-925-4419.
For our non-Indigenous friends, the lives and deaths of these children is a sorrowful reminder of a dark part of Canada’s history. AFCC encourages you to learn more about the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada. We ask you to reach out to your Indigenous brothers and sisters and ask how I can be an ally in the fight for meaningful progress toward reconciliation. Know that discomfort is a natural response to uncomfortable truths.
As the Commissioners of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) wrote in their July 2015 summary of their final report, “Reconciliation is not an Aboriginal problem; it is a Canadian one.”