Canada Day 2021: A time to reflect

Statement

The findings of the unmarked graves of children on or near the grounds of former residential schools in different parts of the country are a shocking reminder of the oppression and violence perpetrated by Canada's colonial institutions against First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Acknowledging and raising awareness of the atrocities inflicted on Indigenous peoples is essential on the path to reconciliation. Canadians stand with Indigenous communities across the country during this time of mourning.

More than ever, Canada Day is a time for all Canadians to show empathy, understanding and humility. It is also an opportunity to educate ourselves, to reflect and to redefine our relationship with July 1st, while reaffirming our commitment to ending the systemic racism and discrimination faced by Indigenous peoples. We encourage you to learn more about First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We must learn from the lessons of our past and move forward on a shared path of reconciliation.

The Hope for Wellness Help Line provides immediate help to Indigenous peoples in Canada, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need to talk to someone, you can reach the Help Line by calling toll-free 1-855-242-3310 or by visiting hopeforwellness.ca.

Residential School survivors and their families can also at any time call the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.

Additional resources offering emotional support and crisis counselling are available on the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program website.

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