Like so many others, my heart shattered at the news of these 215 lives that were lost. I can’t wrap my head around the mass brutality that these innocent people faced. I, a woman in her thirties, was already in grade 5 by the time the last residential school closed. I was proudly reciting my time tables to my parents while children were being abused after being ripped away from theirs.
I have decided to walk for 215 minutes on National Indigenous People’s Day, June 21st, to raise money for the Legacy of Hope Foundation. I chose this organization because of their strong mission statement. To quote them, “The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is a national, Indigenous-led, charitable organization that has been working to promote healing and Reconciliation for 20 years. LHF’s goals include educating and raising awareness about the history and many impacts of the Residential and Day School System in Canada, and facilitating Reconciliation between Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, and Métis) and non-Indigenous Peoples in order to address racism and promote healing.”
Thank you for supporting this worthy cause.