The Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society is available for survivors and those affected at 1-800-721-0066 or on the 24 hour crisis line at 1-866-925-4419. British Columbia has a First Nations and Indigenous Crisis Line offered through the KUU-US Crisis Line Society at 1-800-588-9717.
The remains of 215 Indigenous children were found buried on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation near Kamloops, British Columbia on May 27, 2021.Hundreds of remains have since been found in unmarked graves at other former residential school sites in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and more are expected.
These children should never have been taken from their families.
Residential schools were part of a colonial policy to eradicate Indigenous cultures, languages, and communities and break children’s connections to their Indigenous identities. The last school did not close until 1996 and intergenerational trauma, ongoing harms, and discriminatory practices against Indigenous children and families continue.