The recent discoveries of unmarked graves at the sites of Canada’s former residential schools are a watershed moment for our nation.
The impact of the tremendous harm done to First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities has been profoundly felt at Ontario’s colleges. There is real anger and hurt among faculty, students and staff and the painful awareness of more hurt to come as more discoveries are made.
While this is a time for reflection and recognition that Indigenous Peoples have a different history, it is also clear Canada still has much work to do on the road to reconciliation.
We must do better.
Colleges are committed to doing everything within our power to help ensure the nation fulfils the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s calls to action. Faculty and staff are listening and paying attention – on our campuses and in our communities.
While it will take time, there is a shared and firm commitment to the path ahead. Our colleges will continue to work with our Indigenous partners to ensure colleges are welcome places that make a true difference.
Crisis support is available for former residential school students and their families. The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of his or her residential school experience. The crisis line can be reached at 1-866-925-4419.