For decades, we have learned to go to bed with the horrific knowledge that 150,000 Indigenous children once lived at one of 139 residential schools spread across our country. Today we must grapple with the new discoveries of hundreds of bodies found in unmarked graves on the grounds of Residential Schools.
MCC commits to honouring the lives of children and their families. We mourn with the families of these little ones. We commit to listening to Indigenous communities seeking justice. We encourage all Canadians to take actions that bear witness to the thousands of unmarked graves. Let us continue to remember those who did not make it home. Let us lift up the ancestors, survivors and the multi-generational survivors who carry this pain.
How can we remember?
- Wear an MCC “Every Child Matters” button. Available at MCC Thrift shops. Churches and organizations can request larger quantities by contacting Katie Buchnea at email@example.com or 519-745-8458 ext 235.
- Participate at one of the MCC Ontario Thrift shops by writing your name on a remembrance card and displaying your remembrance in a Thrift shop window.
- Listen to Merle’s Story. A special release of MCC’s podcast Undercurrents. This is the story of how one man, who used to work at a residential school, has spent the rest of his life trying to hold himself accountable and what it means for other Settler Canadians.
- Watch this video on Land Acknowledgements and learn what it is, who should do it, how it is done and why it is important. Land Acknowledgements are the first step toward honouring people who lived on this land long before boats came across the ocean.
- Learn about the legacy of residential schools in Ontario and book an MCC speaker for your church or organization. Contact Katie Buchnea (firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-745-8458 ext 235)
- Donate to MCC's Reconciliation in Action program to help address the legacy of residential schools, remove barriers, close gaps and reconcile relationships with Indigenous peoples by supporting residential school survivors and educating settlers.
More information about residential schools is available here.
More information about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is available here.
More information about MCC’s Indigenous Neighbours program is available here.
If you require further emotional support or assistance, please call the IRS (Indian Residential School) Survivors Society 24hr crisis line at 1.866.925.4419.