Our Support for the Indian Residential School Survivors Society

"Here. It happened here. On this land. In this place of pluralism and unbounded opportunity. Our nation did this. To children. To their families.
The remains of 215 children have been found at the Kamloops Indian Residential School.
At this time, we feel deep sadness and anger, but we must also act. It is long past time for action.
All governments must commit to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, not just with words but real action. That means holding true to our commitment to teach this history in every grade so all Canadian children know and commit to a better future."
- Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Calgary, AB

What We at Paper Hearts Are Doing Today:

1. Members of our team have registered for "Indigenous Canada" a course offered by the University of Alberta.

From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.

Indigenous Canada is for students from faculties outside the Faculty of Native Studies with an interest in acquiring a basic familiarity with Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships.

Topics Covered:

  • The fur trade and other exchange relationships

  • Land claims and environmental impacts

  • Legal systems and rights

  • Political conflicts and alliances

  • Indigenous political activism

  • Contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions

Learn more about the course & register here

2. We have made a donation to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.

IRSSS provides essential services to Residential School Survivors, their families, and those dealing with Intergenerational traumas. These impacts affect every family and every community across B.C. and Canada. This fact is most evident in the Corrections Canada Services-the numbers of First Nations people incarcerated, Child and Family Services child apprehensions, the high number of people on social assistance, unemployment and underemployed, lower levels of education, the lowest number within an ethnic minority of “determinants of health”, the list of impacts is extremely high while the services available to effectively assist impacts of Residential Schools remain quite low.

What Else Can We Do?

1. Read the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission & the Calls to Action in it.

2. Educate Yourself & Your Children.

3. Donate to Healing & Support Programs for Residential School Survivors.

4. Advocate for change with your government.

Other Resources:

The Government of Canada has set up a National Indian Residential School Crisis Line to provide support to former residential school students and those affected. Access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-Hour National Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.

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