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Every Child Matters

by Amy Weir on 2021-06-03T09:07:00-04:00 in Collections Spotlight | Comments

"Today is the start of National Indigenous Awareness Month. It is meant to be a celebration of culture, language, art, music and dance. It's not going to be that this year, it can't be. Check on your Indigenous friends, family, community, colleagues, peers. Be gentle, everyone." - Ryan McMahon.

Humber Libraries mourns the loss of Indigenous children at the hands of Canada's Residential School System. The hundreds of unmarked graves found at the Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan. The 215 children found at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. The more that will likely be uncovered as the searches for unmarked graves at residential schools continue. We recognize this tragedy as part of an ongoing legacy of racism, discrimination and violence against Indigenous peoples in Canada.

At the library, we continue to build resource collections that uncover the truth of the genocide that occurred in Canada's Residential School system. We work to find resources that include residential school survivor's stories so that these legacies, ongoing traumas, and truths are not lost. 

The last residential school closed in 1996. Below are some library ebooks that explore the ongoing impact of the Indian Residential School system. Explore this interactive map to learn where these schools were located. Read the TRC Call to Action to learn more about how you can work to address this legacy.

For more resources on residential schools and more, browse the library's Indigenous Research Guide, created with support from Indigenous Education and Engagement at Humber.

Cover ArtSugar Falls by David A. Robertson; Scott B. Henderson (Illustrator)
Cover ArtThe Sleeping Giant Awakens : Genocide, Indian Residential Schools, and the Challenge of Conciliation by David B. MacDonald
Cover ArtFrom Bear Rock Mountain by Antoine Mountain
Cover ArtCanada's Residential Schools - Missing Children and Unmarked Burials by Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Cover ArtI Am a Damn Savage; What Have You Done to My Country? by An Antane Kapesh; Sarah Henzi (Translator)

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