If you or someone you know is a Residential School survivor in need of help, please call the Residential School Survivor Society’s 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-866-925-4419.
This July 1, Carrier Sekani Tribal Council stands in remembrance and solemnity with its member nations and survivors of the Residential School System.
This year has made clear to all what we already knew. Confirmations of unmarked graves and burial sites near Residential Schools are in the hundreds, with thousands more expected. One of the last of these schools, where 751 unmarked graves were confirmed, was not closed until 1997. This is not history. This is here and now.
With the tragedies recently laid bare, CSTC will not be celebrating. Instead, we will wear our orange shirts and spend the day in remembrance of those who were taken from us by the Residential School System and those who still live with the traumatic memories.
Today is about reflection. We can and should use this day to heal and grow.
Our office will be closed July 1 and we will resume regular operations on July 2.