215 Pledge

Since news broke of the uncovered remains of 215 children buried at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, both Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Canadians have been expressing widespread grief in person and across social media.

With this outpouring of grief, many are asking what to do next. There is a path to build upon the stories of these 215 children in the same way that remembering stories like Chanie Wenjack’s changed conversations about reconciliation across Canada. Together we can ensure that the lives of these 215 children and children across Canada who died while attending the residential school system are honoured.

Individuals, families, communities, and organizations can take the pledge and create their own ways to act. This is a call to action, not a prescribed path to achieve the change.

#215Pledge. An action plan for the lost children who died in Canada's residential schools, focused around the Five Stages of Grief. Deny the narrative that suggests this was an isolated event. Anger should be embraced to build momentum for justice. Negotiate the search for undocumented grace sites across Canada. Despression. Reunite families with the remains of loved ones. Accept the experiences of all who have been affected by residential schools. #DoSomething #Reconciliation #215Pledge #SSN

#215Pledge is a growing coalition to call for #reconciliACTION.

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) will be hosting a form for individuals and organizations to join the #215pledge movement. A growing coalition, supported by DWF will be a nexus for bringing us together.

Join us in calling for these actions so no child who died while in the care of a residential school is lost and that the experiences of all those affected by residential schools are honoured.

Sign the pledge and join us in calling for leaders and decision-makers to take action.

#reconciliACTION #DoSomething #SafeSpaces #215Pledge

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If you or anyone you know is Indigenous and needs support, the Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24/7 at 1-866-925-4419.