June is National Indigenous History Month

June 4, 2021 / by United Way

United Way would like to express deep sorrow regarding the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the former residential school in Kamloops on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, the 751 unmarked graves found on the grounds of the Marieval Indian Residential School by the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan, and now the 182 unmarked gravesites found in the community of ʔaq’am, one of four bands in the Ktunaxa Nation located near the city of Cranbrook, B.C.

This terrible news highlights the devastating legacy of the residential school system and the impact colonization has had on the Indigenous Peoples of Canada – in immeasurable ways and through multiple generations.

We stand in solidarity with our Indigenous community partners in this time of mourning. As we work towards reconciliation, we commit to creating communities that are built on trust and respect, communities that embrace diversity, equity and inclusion.

June is National Indigenous History Month, a month dedicated to honouring the vibrance and resilience of Indigenous cultures, heritage and experiences.

We honour the thousands of years of Indigenous wisdom and tradition while also committing to ongoing reflection and decolonization efforts, not only in June, but year-round.

Click here to learn more about Indigenous Nations, organizations and allies here on southern Vancouver Island, the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples.