UFV statement on 751 unmarked graves identified in Saskatchewan

Trigger Warning: //past trauma, death, residential school experience// 

The magnitude of Canada’s genocide against Indigenous peoples has been tragically revealed once again with today’s announcement of 751 unmarked graves on the former residential school grounds of the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan.

This ongoing dark legacy of abuse and multi-generational trauma continues to heavily impact Indigenous communities from coast to coast to coast.

As more heartbreaking discoveries are made, UFV stands with Indigenous people across Canada, and offers our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families and communities who endure the continued lasting effects of Canada’s residential school system.

These discoveries further our resolve and deep commitment as a university to lead the healing process and effect systemic change by addressing the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. UFV remains committed to fostering an educational system that redresses the atrocities against Indigenous peoples and continuing our devotion to inclusivity and community building.

If you need support, the KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a First Nations and Indigenous-specific crisis line that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s toll-free and can be reached at 1-800-588-8717 or online at kuu-uscrisisline.com.

The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line also provides help. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.

For UFV employees experiencing distress or have difficulty coping you may also contact in confidence Homewood Health at 1-800-663-1142 or you may visit the UFV benefits page for more information on Employee and Family assistance.

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