To the NSCAD Community,
We are deeply saddened to learn of the remains of 215 children discovered at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk’emlups territory. These lives were stolen and we grieve with Indigenous communities across Canada, and the survivors and their families. To honour survivors and the 215 lives lost, NSCAD University will shine orange lights on Fountain Campus for nine days (215 hours).
With National Indigenous History Month beginning this week, we are reminded that too little is still known by non-Indigenous Canadians about the forceful separation of thousands of Indigenous families who were sent to residential schools. For further information, please read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action: http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf and the TRC’s reports: https://nctr.ca/records/reports/?fbclid=IwAR0xrn-Uwkvds6DhZNG9dAgjR_TNg8Jj8XK_-6xPTEp6fqI9N9VTRH0qgTc
For those in our community affected by this news, a national Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former students and those affected. Access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.
SARAH M. MCKINNON, PhD