The topic of this post may be triggering for some readers.
We are all related. The Manitoba Association of School Psychologists (MASP) joins our Indigenous Family in sorrow for the lost lives, hopes, and futures of so many innocent children. We are deeply affected, and we work to support those who are mourning the painful and horrific discovery of the 215 children whose bodies have been confirmed to be buried on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory, the unmarked graves of more than a hundred children beside the Brandon Indian Residential School, the 715 unmarked graves at the Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan, and of the thousands of other children who died while at residential schools.
If you or someone you know needs support, here are some resources:
- The Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society works with residential school survivors and provides a toll-free line that Indigenous people in crisis or needing support can call at 1-888-403-3123
- The Indian Residential School Survivors Society have a 24-7 crisis line at 1-800-721-0066 or 1-866-925-4419
- Youth can access Kids Help Phone and request to speak to an Indigenous crisis responder: call 1-800-668-6868 or text 686868
- The KUU-US Crisis Line Society also offers 24-7 support at 250-723-4050 for adults, 250-723-2040 for youth, or toll-free at 1-800-588-8717
- Local Indigenous Cultural Healing Supports
- The MASP counselling and mental health resources page has extensive local supports.