Evergreen Canada Stands in Solidarity with Indigenous Communities
(Toronto, ON, June 15, 2021) This National Indigenous History Month began with the tragic news that the remains of the bodies of 215 Indigenous children were found buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.
We grieve the loss of these children and the thousands of children who were killed through sanctioned violence against Indigenous lives, in the over 100 years in which the residential school system operated in this country.
We stand in solidarity with their families, with survivors, with all Indigenous communities across Turtle Island and particularly with the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.
It is essential that we acknowledge that the residential school system is not merely a “chapter” in our country’s history but a foundational part of colonial violence against Indigenous Peoples that continues to this day.
During the decades that the system operated, 50,000 Indigenous children were taken from their families to attend over 130 schools, the last of which closed in 1996. Today, there are 80,000 survivors of the schools and yet only 9 of the 94 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action have been implemented thus far.
We are committed, as a settler run organization, to collaborate, learn from and stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities across Turtle Island. We at Evergreen will continue to work towards truth and reconciliation and we encourage others to join us in engaging with the following resources and calls to action:
- Learn about the land we are occupying
- Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action
- Then, read the Association of First Nations Report Card on Those Actions
- Read the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Read the calls to justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
- Explore the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society’s Indigenous Knowledge Portal
- If you would like to talk to someone about these events, please consider the following Indigenous crisis support lines:
- Tsow-Tun-Le-Lum Society: 1-888-403-3123
- Kuu-Us Crisis Line: 1-800-588-8717
- Indian Residential School Survivors Society: 1-866-925-4419
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