The recent discovery of unmarked graves on former residential school sites in Kamloops, B.C., and Cowessess First Nation, Sask., has brought renewed attention to Canada’s residential school system.
While we have a lot to be proud of as Canadians, we need to be united in our support of our Indigenous communities and ensure that the residential school system's horrors are brought to light. This Canada Day, to honour the Indigenous children who died at residential schools across the country, turn your attention to the following organizations and donate:
First Nations Child & Family Caring Society
This non-profit organization supports the well-being of Indigenous youth and their families. To donate, click here.
As a registered charity, Reconciliation Canada uses outreach programs and workshops to help strengthen the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. To donate, click here.
Legacy of Hope Foundation
This Indigenous-led organization works to educate people on the history of residential schools to help support healing and reconciliation. To donate, click here.
Indian Residential School Survivors Society
For over 20 years, this organization has been providing essential services to residential school survivors. To donate, click here.
Orange Shirt Society
This non-profit organization aims to raise awareness of the intergenerational impacts of Indigenous residential schools. To donate, click here.
There are also many ways to further educate yourself through resources like Native Land, an organization that designed an app to help Canadians learn more about local Indigenous territories and languages. There are also online learnings like Indigenous Canada, a 12-module course through the University of Alberta that explores Indigenous history and contemporary issues across the country.