I'M AN ORIGINAL CATCHPHRASE
Open Sky Stories was created to embrace community. And as such, community members like you, have a right to feel safe and supported. One way that we can help nurture a safe environment is to understand the issues that are currently impacting its members, as well as our own role within them. It is vital that we work together to educate, honour, and support one another.
This page will serve as a collection of resources for issues surrounding hate and oppression. I will post links to platforms where you can find more information, make donations and to find support. It's a living document and I will make changes as issues in the world change and as my understanding of these issues change. I am not an expert on any of this but I believe it is my obligation as a human and a person of privilege, to educate myself and use my voice to share this information with others.
There is a link at the bottom of the page, if you notice any information that is incorrect or if you have a resource to add.
I am a settler and I stand in solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples of the land now called Canada
In Kamloops, British Colombia, the remains of 215 children have been recovered in a mass, unmarked grave on the property of the former Kamloops Residential School. On Thursday, May 27th, Chief Rosanne Casimir of the Tk'emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced that the remains were confirmed the week prior. Children as young as 3 years old were buried in this grave. Former attendees of residential schools are right now parents, grandparents, relatives, friends, neighbours, coworkers. It is not new information that children disappeared, died, and were killed at residential schools, in addition to experiencing abuse, torture, and neglect. We know these things happened because of the people who survived and are able to tell their stories. This recovery is a painful reminder to Indigenous communities far and wide of the role of residential schools in facilitating genocide. There are approximately 130 other former residential school sites that have yet to be searched for graves.
National Indian Residential School Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
This line has been set up to provide support, including emotional and crisis referral, for former Residential School students.