The month of June is National Indigenous History Month and June 21st, 2021 marks the 25th annual National Indigenous Peoples Day. The month of June is an important time to commemorate the rich history, heritage, and diversity of First Nations, Métis peoples in Canada.
While we acknowledge and mourn the loss of the 215 Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation children found at the site of a former Kamloops Residential School, we also recognize that the number of souls lost to the colonial violence, abuse, and trauma of residential schools is much greater than 215.
If you or someone you know has experienced re-trauma in wake of this devasting news to call the National Indian Residential School Crisis line at 1-866-925-4419.
The YWCA Saskatoon will use this month to reaffirm our commitment to truth, justice, and reconciliation and our role in holding our government accountable to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.
We encourage you to JOIN US on our journey towards reconciliation, by taking the time to educate yourself on Canada’s dark history of colonialism, racism, and violence, as well as the immense role that Indigenous culture has played in shaping our beautiful country.
The following is a list of resources to help you get started.