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Once again the past few days have been a day of true and deep reflection for many Canadians. It was with shock and sadness that we learned of the souls found at the Kamloops resident site, and now it has happened once again. Infants and young adults who were abducted from their families and left for the Great Creator to cradle until they were found once again.
As Mary Lyons from the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe stated:
“When we talk about land, land is part of who we are. It’s a mixture of our blood, our past, our current, and our future. We carry our ancestors in us, and they’re around us. As you all do.”
These beautiful souls, along with so many others yet to be discovered, are now apart of the land but are no longer hidden. It is hard to imagine this happening to anyone, let along a child, but it has been said that empathizing with the pain of the buried, and survivors, is the first step towards reconciliation. That is what I would like to do today. I want to acknowledge and lend my voice to those children who lost theirs due to these atrocities.
Roughly over 150,000 children were forcibly ripped from their homes and placed in residential schools. Schools where their language was forbidden, their religion mocked, and their spirits and bodies battered and broken by adults. For the survivors, we cannot image the pain and suffering that they have had to carry for so many years. Their truths fallen on deaf ears and their experiences washed away as ‘untrue’ or fabricated.
As a Metis person myself, I have had the honor and privilege of meeting and working with elders, community members, students, two-spirited and many others who have shared their stories and allowed me the chance to better understand their journey. What happened at the residential schools across Canada can never be undone and it should never be forgotten.
In our commitment to reconciliation, Distinctability acknowledges these wrongdoings and stands with the survivors. We know no words can ease the pain, suffering, beauty and futures that have been ripped away. Our hope is that you never feel alone again. We stand with you..
And on behalf of the Founders and the Team at Distinctability
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