A statement on the tragic discovery related to residential schools

A Message from ANNISAA Organization of Canada

Last week, the remains of 215 children were discovered on the grounds of a former residential school in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory near Kamloops, B.C. Our thoughts are with the Secwépemc Nation and all Indigenous communities during this time of mourning. This loss, as well as the death of thousands of other Indigenous children, are reminders of Canada’s disgraceful residential school system and the trauma experienced by Indigenous communities.

Yesterday, our entire team met virtually to observe 215 moments of silence in memory and honour of the children and families whose lives are forever changed. While this will not undo the horrors and insurmountable loss, it symbolizes the support of the ANNISAA community for Indigenous peoples. Today and every day, we stand as allies committed to working toward truth and reconciliation.

This latest discovery may have serious impacts on the mental health and well-being of many residential school survivors, along with their friends, families and extended members of the Indigenous community. The National Indian Residential School crisis line is available to provide 24/7 support to residential school survivors and others in need of support: 1-866-925-4419.

Every child matters.

Nadia Sayeh, Founder and Executive Director
Ada Tahir, Chair of the Board