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Statement of Grief and Solidarity with Indigenous Communities

we stand in solidarity and deep mourning with Indigenous communities across Turtle Island in the face of ongoing discoveries of unmarked graves on the grounds of Residential Schools


we stand with families who have experienced this silenced loss and ongoing, intergenerational trauma


we acknowledge the immeasurable harms caused by residential schools, and policies designed to enact the genocide of Indigenous peoples, their culture, families and communities


we are committed to learning, unlearning, and actively engaging in action for change and healing at all levels of our WHAI work


this work is all of our work. we are all responsible for reconciliation...

...today, every day and always


we are committed to taking responsibility for the failings of Canada

- across Turtle Island.


we acknowledge and are grateful for the resilience, leadership and wisdom of Indigenous communities who continue to teach, love, and fight for this land, truth, and justice.




Indigenous Residential School Survivors Society: 1-800-721-0066

National Indian Residential School Crisis Line for former students and anyone: 1-866-925-4419

KUU-US Crisis Line Society: A First Nation and Indigenous specific crisis line 24/7: Adults: 1-800-588-8717 / Youth: 1-250-723-2040



Action for Reconciliation and Change:

The On Canada Project: oncanadaproject.ca

Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action - and engage in action

See orangeshirtday.org for resources and education

Contact local Indigenous organizations and leaders and ask how to support


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