Every Child Matters

June is National Indigenous History Month, with June 21st marking Indigenous Peoples’ Day. 

We honour the 215 children whose lives tragically ended at the Kamloops residential school,

their families,and all the survivors of residential schools. 

We commit to sharing the truth about about the impacts of colonization on Indigenous people 

while striving for a just and equitable society that values Indigenous people 

and their teachings while respecting an Indigenous worldview.

 

A STATEMENT FROM ANHBC

The discovery of 215 children’s bodies on the grounds of Kamloops Indian Residential School is both heartbreaking and shameful.  The impact of this news is being deeply felt across ANHBC-in our houses, camps and in the communities we belong to. There are no words that feel appropriate for the pain and suffering of affected families and their communities and of residential school survivors broadly, particularly when their lives and futures have been so horrifically altered. And although it isn’t enough, our thoughts and hearts are with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, and all Indigenous communities across Canada.

As an organization that has navigated over 125 years of Canadian history, we recognize the importance of listening, learning and acting as allies to our community members. We remain committed to looking at our own role in the ongoing oppression of Indigenous people, and to change the practices and policies built from colonization that we settlers continue to benefit from today.

Our journey and our responsibility is to ensure that all ANHBC staff are given the tools to bring the 94 Calls to Action from the TRC’s  Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and the 260 Calls to Justice outlined in the MMIWG Report as the foundation to build strong and just communities.

Further, we will take institutional steps to ensure that the impact of residential schools is never forgotten. This means that we must listen to survivors and intergenerational survivors with open ears and hearts.

“We want people to hear this story for us. It's not a fairy tale. It's not something from one of the Stephen King novels. This truly, really happened to 150,000 children."

Eddie Charlie – Kuper Island Residential School Survivor