Honouring all the Indigenous children, the survivors of the residential schools, their families, and communities

Artwork by Andy Everson, used with permission from the Orange Shirt Society.

At Central City Foundation, in keeping with our commitment to Truth, Justice & Reconciliation, we know it is important to speak out at this time and acknowledge the terrible history of colonialism that has been made visible again firstly with the uncovering of the hidden burial grounds of 215 children who attended the Kamloops residential school and continues to be evidenced with each announcement of another burial ground uncovered. No words are sufficient to express the care we wish to extend to the community of Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc, the survivors, the families as well as the many Indigenous communities and peoples across these lands. We also recognize that this evidence of atrocity and the tragic legacy of the residential schools, the many policies and practices of colonialism and anti-Indigenous racism continue to cause untold harm to Indigenous peoples in our community to this day.

At this time, when we are seeing more awareness each day of the truth about the terrible legacy of the Residential Schools in Canada, we at Central City Foundation are very grateful for the opportunity to support our Indigenous-led community partners. Learn more about the critical work they are doing by clicking the links below.

Aboriginal Mother Centre
BC Aboriginal Child Care Society
BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
Lu’ma Native Housing Society
Native Education College
Pacific Association of First Nations Women
Urban Native Youth Association
Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society
Vancouver Native Housing Society

Read (or read again) the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

For our philanthropic partners – The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

For Indigenous community members, if you are in need support or assistance please reach out to any of the following resources:

Indian Residential School Survivors Society: 1-800-721-0066
IRS 24hr Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419

Tsow-Tun Le Lum Crisis Line: 1-888-403-3123
Métis Crisis Line: 1-833-638-4722 (METIS-BC)

KUU-US (24hr Indigenous BC-Wide Crisis Line):
Adults/Elders: 250-723-4050
Children/Youth: 250-723-2040
Toll free: 1-800-588-8717

Battered Women’s Support Services
Support for Indigenous women
604-687-1867 or 1-855-1868 or text 604-652-1867