1. Remember – your voice is your power. Don’t just post on social media, we need to reach out to government representatives. Email/write/call your MP, the Minister of Justice & Attorney General of Canada, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, the Minister for Indigenous Services, and the Office of the Prime Minister. Their contact information is easily found online. Respectfully demand action on all the Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s Calls to Action. Call on the government to stop fighting First Nations kids and residential school survivors in court and to stop blocking the creation of statistical reports on residential school abuse claims and the direct transfer of other records to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. We need these truths.
6. (added May 31) Donate to the Indian Residential School (IRS) Survivors Society (www.irsss.ca). They are a B.C. organization providing important services to IRS survivors.
7. Take a moment to remember these kids. Do what you need to do to honour them: pray, light a candle, cry, plant a flower in their memory, hug your own kids extra tight.