Last week, we learned of the tragic discovery at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, where the remains of 215 children have been found buried at the site. On behalf of the Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George (AHSPG) board of directors and staff, we offer sincere condolences to families and communities mourning this loss of so many young lives. We offer our Prayers to the Creator for all those families that are grieving.
We acknowledge the significant impact that the trauma experienced in residential schools continues to have on generations of survivors and our families. AHSPG remains committed to working with our First Nations and Métis community during this sad time.
We will reflect on the trauma experienced by survivors, families and communities. Please take a moment to say a prayer or positive conversation for those angels that were taken too soon.
For everyone affected by this news, there are supports available:
- Within B.C., the KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a First Nations and Indigenous-specific crisis line available 24/7 toll-free from anywhere in British Columbia. The KUU-US Crisis Line can be reached toll-free at 1-800-588-8717 or online: www.kuu-uscrisisline.com.
- The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line provides support for former residential school students and those affected. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.
- The Northern BC Crisis Line offers 24/7 support across the Northern Health region and can be reached at 1-888-562-1214.
on behalf of the AHSPG Board of Directors