OCDSB Statement: Discovery of Unmarked Graves at Former Residential School Site

OCDSB Statement: Discovery of Unmarked Graves at Former Residential School Site
Posted on 06/24/2021
OCDSB Statement: Discovery of Unmarked Graves at Former Residential School Site

As we continue to grieve the loss of the 215 children whose bodies were discovered in Kamloops barely one month ago, hundreds more unmarked graves have now been discovered at a former residential school site in Saskatchewan.

The OCDSB recognizes the ongoing impact of residential schools on individuals and families, and the grief these terrible discoveries bring. We are committed to ensuring the sad legacy of Canada’s residential schools is not forgotten, and to the Calls to Action recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

If you are in need of support, we have included a number of mental health resources below:

For anyone who has access to Non-Insured Health Benefits (provided based on Status and N Number): Call General NIHB Inquiries at 1-800-640-0642 (toll free) and ask for the list of practitioners in Ottawa. This service includes 20+ sessions of government paid mental health counselling support per year.

If you or a family member, regardless of status or N number, have attended residential school or have a close family member that attended residential school, mental health counselling can be accessed by visiting 
https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1581971225188/1581971250953.

National Indian Residential School Crisis Line: This provides support for former students and those affected. Emotional and crisis referral services can be accessed by calling the 24-hour national crisis line at 1-866-925-4419.

Métis Nation of Ontario: This is a 24-hour Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line. Call 1-877-767-7572.

Hope for Wellness: Telephone counselling available, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-855-242-3310.

YSB Crisis Line: 24/7 Crisis Line and online chat. Call 613-260-2360 or visit 
https://www.ysb.ca/.

Talk 4 Healing: This is a service for Indigenous women. Call 1-855-554-HEAL.

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