The country was horrified when the remains of 215 children were discovered in an unmarked grave at the site of a residential school in Kamloops, B.C. This gave Canadians pause about what kind of country they live in; it also brought a terrible sinking feeling, a recognized response across humanity that something truly evil has taken place here.
Government funds must flow swiftly and directly to the front lines of communities who need them. The mental health of Indigenous people can’t wait any longer. If we say help is on its way, we’d better mean it.
For years now, the phrase “intergenerational trauma” has been floating on the periphery of mainstream Canadian conversations around reconciliation. Indigenous Peoples say clearly that they are still impacted, each day, by something that happened years ago, or decades, or even something that happened not to them, but to their parents’ generation. Nevertheless, the pain persists, sharp and searing, as if it had only happened yesterday. Read the rest of this op-ed at The Ottawa Citizen…
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