The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their Residential school experience. 1-800-721-0066.

Resources

Support

The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their Residential school experience. Reach out to 1-800-721-0066

For more information on the support program, please refer to the FNHA website

Activities

This link provides a link of activities building up to September 30 from Kindergarten to grade 12 it contains many great links embedded into the activities. Great PowerPoints, stories, and videos!

Statistics

Many Nations that have Indian Residential Schools are seeking Elder and Knowledge Keeper advice on how to proceed with the ground searches. Look up the technology that is being utilized to do the ground searches. Ground Penetrating X-Ray. The TRC report also published names of those who perished from Church records. The numbers provided below are as of Sept. 27, 2021.

Current number of Native children recovered, 6,128. 3,213 documented in TRC Report.

Canada 5,048 United States 1,079

215 - Kamploos, BC

227 - Mt. Pleasant, MI
104 - Brandon, MB 189 - Carlisle, PA
161 - Fort Providence, NWT 21 - Grand Junction, CO
35 - Muskowekwan, SK 50 - Rapid City, SD
751 - Cowessess FN, SK 103 - Haskell, KS
182 - Ktunaxa Nation, BC 200 - Carson City, NV
160 - Penelakut, SK 222 - Chemawa, OR
35 - Regina, SK 67 - Newkirk, OK
39 - Dunbow, AB 67 - Riverside, CA
74 - Battleford, SK  
80 - Winnipeg, MB  

 

History

Language is very important, because children were punished for speaking their languages in residential schools. Here is the phrase Every Child Matters (Urban Iskwew Art).

 

Look at the history and learn how Indian Residential Schools were established. In his oft-referenced 1892 speech, Pratt stated, “A great general has said that the only good Indian is a dead one, and that high sanction of his destruction has been an enormous factor in promoting Indian massacres. In a sense, I agree with the sentiment, but only in this: that all the Indian there is in the race should be dead. Kill the Indian in him, and save the man.”

Make a memorial garden of orange coloured flowers (Urban Iskwew art).

Resources

Book Resources - Regina Public Library Book list: https://www.reginalibrary.ca/recommended-lists/read-reconciliation

 

Office of the Treaty Commissioner’s Recommended Readings on Residential Schools

  • For Adults & Young Adults (Look on website to get links to the books):
    • Indian Horse - Richard Wagamese
    • Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City - Tanya Talaga
    • In Search of April Raintree - Beatrice Mosionier
    • The Break - Katherena Vermette
    • Porcupines and China Dolls - Robert Arthur Alexie
    • The Marrow Thieves - Cherie Dimaline
    • Five Little Indians - Michelle Good
    • One Story, One Song - Richard Wagamese
    • The Red Files - Lisa Bird-Wilson
    • The Education of Augie Merasty - Joseph Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter
    • They Called Me Number One - Bev Sellers
    • I Lost My Talk (poem) - Rita Joe
    • Moon of the Crusted Snow - Waubgeshig Rice
    • Up Ghost River - Edmund Metatawabin with Alexandra Shimo
  • For Children
    • Phyllis’s Orange Shirt - Phyllis Webstad
    • Shi-shi-etko - Nicola Campbell
    • Shin-chi’s Canoe - Nicola Campbell
    • The Train - Jodie Callaghan
    • Fatty Legs - Christy Jordon-Fenton & Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton
    • I Am Not A Number - Jenny Kay Dupuis
    • When We Were Alone - David A. Robertson & Julie Flett
    • A Stranger At Home - Christy Jordan Fenton & Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton
    • When I Was Eight - Christy Jordan Fenton & Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton
    • Stolen Words - Melanie Florence
    • We Feel Good Out Here - Julie-Anne Andre & Mindy Willett
    • When We Play Our Drums, They Sing! / Lucy and Lola - Richard Van Camp & Monique Gray Smith
    • Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story - David Robertson
    • As Long as the Rivers Flow - Larry Loyie
    • I’m Finding My Talk - Rebecca Thomas
    • Amik Loves School - Katherena Vermette
    • I Can Make This Promise - Christine Day
  • Spirit Bear's Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action - Download PDF
     
  • Legacy of Hope Foundation
     
  • The NCTR educates Canadians on the profound injustices inflicted on First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation by the forced removal of children to attend residential schools and the widespread abuse suffered in those schools.National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
     
  • Orange Shirt Society
     
  • Beyond 94 - CBC's Beyond 94 is an interactive website that measures and monitors the progress of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action in Canada.
     
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada created 94 calls to action address the ongoing impact of residential schools on survivors and their families and provide a path for all levels of government to begin the process of reconciliation. Download here.

  • Podcast: "Residential Schools" - Historica Britannica

“Residential Schools” is a three-part podcast series created by Historica Canada and hosted by Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais. It aims to commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools, and honour the stories of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Survivors, their families, and communities.

  • Mapping the Missing: Former Residential School Sites in Canada and the search for unmarked Graves (Interactive site-progress of ground searches). Read the article here.
     
  • Stained Glass Windows in Parliament designed by Christie Belcourt. Learn more here.