Statement of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

The Canadian Anti-Hate Network


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We grieve with the Survivors, Cowessess First Nation, and the Indigenous community in the wake of the uncovering of 751 unmarked graves near Marieval Residential School in Saskatchewan. 

The findings in Cowessess are the most recent, after the remains of 215 of Indigenous children -- some as young as three years old -- were uncovered by Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc First Nation at the Kamloops Residential School and 104 by Sioux Valley Dakota Nation at the Birtle Indian Residential School in Brandon, Manitoba. 

These are not discoveries -- these graves were uncovered. The Indigenous community has been speaking about this for generations. They knew their babies didn’t come home. This genocide -- and it is genocide -- has led to our reckoning. 

We know there will be more. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation estimates that, based on records, about 4,100 children died at the schools. 

The true total is likely much higher

The stories are countless, they are heartbreaking, and they deserve to be heard. 

We grieve with those who are hurting right now, and we stand with you unequivocally. 

Canada must reckon with colonialist history and present. This is not “in the past.” The horrific IRS system, the Sixties Scoop, the current institutional and systemic barriers and discrimination faced by Indigenous peoples, are living trauma affecting countless families and loved ones generation to generation.

The Truth and Reconciliation Report, released in 2015, details 6,000 Survivors’ stories, along with 94 Calls to Action. Calls 71 to 76 ask for the bodies of children to be returned to their families and homes. 

Bring them home. 

 

If support is needed, the Indian Residential School Crisis Line can be reached at 1-866-925-4419.

 

KUU-US Crisis Line is available at 1-800-588-8717.

 

Settlers, please consider contributing to an organization which benefits Survivors, such as Orange Shirt Day, FN Caring Society, and the Indian Residential School Survivors Society

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