I acknowledge the grief and trauma that Indigenous communities are experiencing as more children’s graves are “discovered” at the sites of closed Canadian Residential Schools. The elders in these communities and those participating in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada have been telling Canadians for decades about the horrors they experienced.
Now finally, we are listening? I am writing this post on July 1, 2021, Canada Day. As a Canadian, I am ashamed. We need to do better.
Click here for a child-friendly version of the Calls to Action, by the First Nations Child & Family Caring society of Canada.
For more information on how to talk to children about reconciliation and making a difference moving forward, look at 7 Free Ways to Make a Difference by the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society.
Click here to read the 19 Recommended Calls to Action. Click here to read the whole report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Click here to read the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.