We are deeply saddened by the news of unmarked graves at the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. We extend our sympathies to the families of these children, the community ofCowessess First Nation, and the families of the thousands of children who were sent to residential schools, many who never returned.
At JDH and Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB), we commit to continuing our learning about the lives forever impacted by the residential school experience in Canada. We are inviting all members of our TLDSB school communities to wear orange at any time, as their acknowledgement of the loss of lives at residential schools and the continuing trauma for survivors of the residential school experience and their families. Wearing orange is also one way to stand up and commit to the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. Sharing circles have recently been put in place to help TLDSB staff come together to talk, listen, ask questions, and learn from each other and deepen the appreciation of truth and reconciliation work. Ongoing work will include continuing to provide education resources for staff and students, as well as other ways the school board can commemorate the memory of those who suffered from the residential school experience.
Resources and supports are available for Indigenous students, families, and the wider Indigenous community. The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line (1-866-925-4419) is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience. For more information on the program, please refer to theIRSS website and theFNHA website.