Hello friends and family,
You have likely read the headlines bearing the heavy news about the remains of 215 children, some as young as 3 years old, buried at the Kamloops (Tk'emlups) Residential School. This loss is truly unfathomable and weighs heavily on me as both a new parent and settler Canadian.
On an afternoon walk with Wade following the release of this news, I felt some hope walking past the neighbourhood elementary school where children and teachers were wearing their orange shirts to honour these lost Secwépemc children. If we can educate ourselves and our children about how colonization and structural racism have and continue to minimize the value of some lives relative to others, we can begin to change course. My hope is that Wade will be able to grow up in a country that is more just and holds ALL children up as the precious gifts they are.
Over the next two months (June and July), I will be walking and running 215 kilometers to raise money for the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) and First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS). These non-profit organizations are doing important work to support residential school survivors (IRSSS) and holding the government to account for the ongoing discrimination Indigenous children face in access to care and quality education (FNCFCS).
Donations of any amount to either organization are so sincerely appreciated.