On this first of July, many people from coast to coast to coast find themselves at a crossroads in how to celebrate unity. Over the past few weeks, there is confirmation of what has been said by residential school survivors and during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
Most of us are unsure of exactly how to digest the information, how to react and what to do. As a community, it is important that we stand together and be there to support one another. On this July 1st, there are many courageous conversations taking place and I encourage people to take this time to reflect and learn.
As our urban Inuit community and Indigenous brothers and sisters work towards healing, we hope that these days will allow you to find the courage and the strength to heal. Rely on our culture, our teachings and one another to lift our spirits and be resilient on this journey. There is a powerful quote provided by an Elder that states, “Beneath all of those things you have experienced, there is yourself, who loves and cares for the right reasons.” Love yourself and those around you as we look to a future that includes healing, truth, reconciliation, and real change.
If you are struggling, you are encouraged to call the Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line that is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of his or her residential school experience or affected. The 24-hour crisis line is available at 1-866-925-4419.