Catholic Family Services Regina is deeply saddened at the discovery of 215 unmarked Indigenous children’s graves on May 28, 2021, at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.
The Board and Staff of Rooted Connections offers our sincere condolences to the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc First Nation and shares the collective grief and sorrow of the Indigenous Peoples from all across the land at this discovery. The survivors and their families deserve our deep respect and support as they relive the trauma inflicted by their experiences in Canadian Residential Schools which cruelly separated children from their families and communities.
The burden for survivors and their families is unimaginably heavy and Rooted Connections is committed to be a respectful and trauma-informed support for those living in the City of Regina and area.
A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available to provide support to former residential school students and all those affected.
For access to emotional and crisis referral services call the 24-Hour National Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.
Other National Crisis Hotlines:
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
Crisis Services Canada 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line 1 855 242-3310
Chief, Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir
“It’s a harsh reality and it’s our truth, it’s our history,” Chief Casimir said at a news conference on May 28, 2021, “And it’s something that we’ve always had to fight to prove. To me, it’s always been a horrible, horrible history.”
Further Statement from the Office of the Chief, Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir
Statement from the Archdiocese of Regina
The Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation Residential School Grave Site Near Kamloops, BC.