The Ottawa Catholic School Board acknowledges and grieves the recent findings of Indigenous children’s remains on the sites of former residential schools. We are aware that more news like this will surface over the coming months and of the tragic impact this will continue to have on individuals, families and communities.
We will ensure that the true history of residential schools is remembered, acknowledged and taught to our students, and we are committed to the Calls to Action recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We know that this is not solely a historical issue, but that it is a current issue, still adversely affecting generations of Indigenous peoples today.
If you are in need of support, here are a number of mental health resources:
- Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program
- Talk4Healing – a culturally grounded helpline for Indigenous women
- Hope for Wellness Help Line for Indigenous Peoples