The University of Winnipeg community stands with the Cowessess First Nation and all Indigenous peoples through the horror and grief-filled discovery of numerous unmarked graves at the site of the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan.
This recent discovery — which will surely be repeated as efforts mount to uncover graves at other sites — continues to remind us all of the tremendous damage inflicted by Canada’s residential schools. It is only a matter of time until we are faced with a similar shameful and horrific discovery close to home.
All Canadians have inherited this legacy and must embrace their responsibility for reconciliation as the disturbing truth is uncovered. Words of unity are a start. As we come to grips with the growing magnitude of our history, we must also consider the actions required for reconciliation.
A 24-hour national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for survivors and those affected at 1-866-925-4419.
Flags at the University will be lowered for the week of June 27.