North Shore Community Resources, along with the wider North Shore community, wishes to convey our deepest condolences to the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc community and all Indigenous people across Canada given the horrific confirmation of the fate of children who attended the Kamloops Residential School last week. As many have noted, this preventable tragedy, the history of residential schools in Canada and our deep grief must be a catalyst for continued truth and reconciliation with First Nations and all Indigenous people. This news is also a reminder of the history of residential schools on the North Shore. St. Paul’s Residential School in North Vancouver was open from 1898-1959. You can learn more about the school and its impact here.
If you are an Indigenous person in need of support, you may consider calling these support lines:
Indian Residential School Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
KUU-US (Indigenous Culturally Safe Help) Crisis Line: 1-800-588-8717
Crisis Centre of BC: 604-872-3311
If you would like to financially support local survivors of the residential school system, consider donating to the Residential School Survivors Society.
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