MSVU grieves with the families and communities of the children who went missing and never made it home from the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School, near Williams Lake First Nation in British Columbia. The continued identification of unmarked graves at former residential school sites across Canada is a continued unearthing of tremendous pain and reminder of the intergenerational trauma caused by the residential school system. It’s important that awareness of and dialogue regarding these tragedies not be allowed to fade.
Members of the MSVU community are reminded that supports are available:
– A Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day at 1-866-925-4419 to support former residential school students and those affected.
– For MSVU students: Special Advisor on Indigenous Affairs at MSVU, Patrick Small Legs-Nagge, Patrick.SmallLegs-Nagge@msvu.ca; and MSVU Counselling Services: firstname.lastname@example.org; Good2Talk NS Helpline for Postsecondary Students: 1-833-292-3698
– For faculty and staff: Special Advisor on Indigenous Affairs at MSVU, Patrick Small Legs-Nagge, Patrick.SmallLegs-Nagge@msvu.ca; Employee & Family Assistance Program (or EFAP)—Shepell (free, confidential counselling services) – visit the website or call 1-844-880-9142