On May 28th, The world learned of the remains of 215 children found on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are 139 residential school grounds still to be investigated to find answers for the Indigenous peoples of Canada as to what happened to the thousands of children who were forced to attend these schools and never returned home. It is imperative for truth and reconciliation to occur in this country that the families of those missing children have their remains returned to them so they can grieve and honour the children. If this was your family, you would want the same.
On July 1st, in memory of these 215 innocent children, I will be riding my bike for 215 minutes, marking a moment for each child, and to raise funds for the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS). The IRSSS assists survivors with counselling, court support, information, referrals, workshops and more. Let’s not forget even those whose children did not attend the Kamloops Indian Residential School will be affected by this finding. The Indigenous Peoples of Canada deserve our support. They deserve to know all Canadians are standing with them in action and not just words.
Please show your support to our Indigenous community by making a donation in honour of these children whose lives were taken simply for being Indigenous. Let’s stand up Canada and show in our actions that every child absolutely does matter.