Mourning the loss of Indigenous children found buried at Kamloops Indian Residential School this National Indigenous History Month
Statement from Dr. Carrie Bourassa

The recent discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children in an unmarked grave at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School is a devastating and poignant reminder of the importance of National Indigenous History Month. As the country mourns this unthinkable loss, we must hold these children and their families in our hearts while acknowledging its origins in the colonial policies, including residential schools, that continue to shape the lives of Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous History Month offers a critical opportunity to learn about and celebrate the history and cultures of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and to recognize the important role of Indigenous-led research in improving the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Urban Indigenous communities.

Dr. Carrie Bourassa
Scientific Director
CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health

Here are some resources for those seeking support:

  • National Indian Residential School Crisis Line (24-hour): 1-866 925-4419
  • First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310 / hopeforwellness.ca

Those wishing to seek the support of an Elder could contact CIHR-IIPH Institute Advisory Board Elders Mary Wilson and Mabel Horton:

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