SIMC stands with residential school survivors

We join our voices with people across Canada to stand for care, compassion, safety, dignity, and justice for all people, in the face of the systemic racism that is being more widely revealed at this time. Our hearts are with Indigenous communities across the country, who have known the reality of the suffering of residential school for generations.

This is a wound which affects all our hearts. Elders across the country are asking non-Indigenous people to stand with Indigenous communities through this time. One of the ways to do this is to act on the calls to action in the Truth and Reconciliation report. This article offers other ways to stand in solidarity with the truth, and with healing.

Many leaders in the anti-racist movement have identified mindfulness as a key part of wise response – a powerful path to heal the trauma of racism for Indigenous people and People of Colour, and to support white people in unwinding racist conditioning internally, and externally. And so we want to offer meditation as best we can, in our ongoing support of Truth and Reconciliation amongst all cultures. Our Unwinding Whiteness program is one way we are taking action for racial justice.

If you are a residential school survivor or descendant in need of support, please call the National Residential School Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.