It is heartbreaking to hear the recent news of the discovery of 215 children’s lives and souls stolen in BC. We must take the time to honour, reconcile and support our Indigenous communities especially during this painful time. Support services are available for those affected by this – the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former Residential School students and those affected. Access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.
During the month of June, educational resources on Indigenous history and culture are being shared in celebration and recognition of National Indigenous History month– I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to listen, read, watch and embrace the rich heritage of Indigenous Peoples. Honouring and listening to all First Nations, Inuit, or Métis voices will help strengthen our communities for years to come.
I encourage everyone to watch this Waterdown video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXiDxk8zcBg , created by local resident and historian Nathan Tidridge, on Waterdown’s Souharissen Natural Area which covers 55 acres in the Village of Waterdown, and is the result of years of work following the discovery of 104 Aboriginal archaeological sites in the Waterdown Bay Development Area in 2005. Land acknowledgement: Flamborough is within the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-oh-sew-nee) Confederacy, Huron-Wendat Nation and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.