We join all of Canada in mourning the devastating discovery of the remains of 215 children buried in unmarked graves on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Jewish tradition teaches that every life that is lost is an entire world lost. Our prayers and broken hearts reach to recognize each life and each lost world. We stand in solidarity with our Indigenous siblings and pray for healing at this time of profound grief. As a Jewish community, we will continue to pray, learn, and work in commitment to truth and reconciliation, justice and peace.
Here are some helpful educational resources:
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) reports:
Indian Residential School Survivors Society
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Free resource on the Indian Residential School System from Anishinabek Nation
10 books about residential schools to read with your kids
Other ways you can help