A message from the Ontario Network of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
Our thoughts are with the Secwépemc Nation, their families, and all Indigenous communities during this time as we grieve the loss of the 215 children discovered on the grounds of a former residential school in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory near Kamloops, B.C, and the deaths of thousands of other Indigenous children. This loss is a painful reminder of Canada’s atrocious residential school system and the trauma experienced by Indigenous communities.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission reports approximately more than 4,000 children died while at residential schools. The exact number may never be known. Indigenous people continue to experience racism, discrimination, and violence.
We must acknowledge, we must listen, and we must stand for the right of all individuals to have a life free of violence. The Ontario Network of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centres is committed to working towards truth and reconciliation.
The National Indian Residential School crisis line provides 24/7 support to residential school survivors and others and can be reached at 1-866-925-4419.
Every child matters.
Poem by Abigail Echo-Hawk