The remains of 215 children were found at the site of Kamloops Indian Residential School after a ground-penetrating radar survey was conducted by Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation. The school was in operation from 1890 to 1969 and was one of 139 residential schools that existed in Canada. (In 1969, the federal government took over administration of the school from the Catholic Church, operating it as a residence for students at local day schools until 1978.)
The horrifying discovery was met with grief and mourning over the weekend, reigniting an ongoing conversation about the intergenerational trauma caused by Canada’s residential school program. Here is how you can help organizations across the country that are working to support survivors and further reconciliation.
Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society
Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society is a B.C. based organization that’s been providing services like counselling and health and cultural services to survivors of residential schools. Donate here. Residential school survivors who need support can call the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.
Legacy of Hope Foundation
The Legacy of Hope Foundation‘s goal is to educate and raise awareness about the impacts of residential schools in the form of educational tools and consultation with survivors. Donate here.
Orange Shirt Society
Orange Shirt Society works to raise awareness of intergenerational trauma caused by the residential schools and commemorate the experiences of survivors. Donate here.
True North Aid
True North Aid provides practical humanitarian support to Indigenous communities in Canada. They have several categories of aid you can contribute to, including housing, food and reconciliation projects. Donate here.
First Nations Child and Family Caring Society
First Nations Child and Family Caring Society develops education initiatives, public policy campaigns and provides resources to support First Nations communities and ensure the well-being of youth and their families. Donate here.
Reconciliation Canada focuses on workshops and community outreach to further the dialogue around reconciliation. Donate here.