Every Child Matters

The Thompson-Nicola Regional Library would like to express its sincere condolences to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and all those impacted by the recent discovery of the remains of  215 children at the former Kamloops Residential School. This is a time of overwhelming grief and sadness. Flags at the TNRD admin building have been lowered to half-mast in solidarity with all Indigenous peoples.

TNRL is a place to learn, share and heal.

It can be hard to know what to say to children and teens about this tragedy. TNRL has resources that can help lead the discussion. 

TNRL is committed to the process of reconciliation with Indigenous communities. Here are some resources to help with this journey.

External Resources

The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS)

The IRSSS has a wealth of experience delivering wellness and healing services to Indian Residential School Survivors and intergenerational Survivors throughout BC.

Indian Residential School Crisis Line

This national hotline has been set up to provide support for former students and those affected. Access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.

KUU-US Crisis Line Society

Within BC, the KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a First Nations and Indigenous-specific crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s toll-free and can be reached at 1-800-588-8717.

How You Can Help

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc has provided information on their website about you can help. 

You can donate directly to Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc via e-transfer to donations@kib.ca.

Want to learn more?

Take the University of Alberta Indigenous Canada course for free, and explore key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.

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