Every Child Matters Campaign
Last year on May 28, 2021, the discovery of irreverently placed, unmarked graves on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, BC was confirmed. Other sites have followed with similar evidence gathered through ground-penetrating radar. On November 10, 2021, the search began on the grounds of the oldest residential school in Canada, the former Mohawk Institute in Brantford which operated from 1831 to 1970. The Mohawk Institute is a 30-minute car ride from the Education Centre.
The HWDSB Indigenous student leadership group, Cultivating Community: Reclaiming Our Spaces in Education (CC:ROSE) invites the entire HWDSB community to join in a system-wide education and awareness campaign to honour and to show respect for those who were taken and those who never returned home. The intention of this, Every Child Matters campaign is to raise awareness and visibility of the truth telling and sharing of Survivor experiences about the realities of Canadian Residential Schools and the ongoing impacts that Indigenous families and communities continue to heal from, every day. Supporting “Every Child Matters” is an incremental step that the HWDSB community can take to contribute to and participate in reconciliation.
Every Child Matters and Orange Shirt Day resources are available and will be updated on HWDSB’s public website. The ‘raising awareness and funds’ button was designed by a CC:ROSE member, Devyn at BCSS. Buttons will be available (pre order only) with a suggested minimum donation of $1.00. Orders will be due at the schools by Wednesday, May 4.
Proceeds: Proceeds will be donated to Indigenous groups and organizations that support the work of reconciliation specific to Canada’s Indian Residential Schools, Survivors and Survivor’s families that have been impacted.