Kílala Lelum (Urban Indigenous Health and Healing Cooperative) aims to partner Indigenous Elders with physicians and allied health professionals to provide physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual care to the community in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Kilala Lelum Statement on Found Children at Kamloops Residential School:
We honour and mourn the 215 children found at the Kamloops Indian Residential School:
The Kilala Lelum team expresses our deep sorrow for the 215 children found buried at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. We grieve for these children and their families, and for all of our Elders, members, staff, and community members. We grieve for those who have never stopped looking. We remember and grieve for the thousands more waiting to be found and also for those who are missing but will never be found.
We are all affected by this news, and will continue to bear witness to the lived experience of residential school survivors and their families. We will continue to hold space for healing, supporting survivors and generations of youth who are and will continue to be impacted by this trauma. We bear witness to and continue to work against the dark, ongoing colonization of Indigenous people on this land.
We will work every day to decolonize ourselves, the systems we work within, and to advocate for justice for Indigenous people. We call on health care professionals and institutions to honour and hold space for Indigenous voices; to prioritize Indigenous voices now and in an ongoing way. We call on you to join us in doing the work of stepping up, educating ourselves on how we can work against state genocide, learning what the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and the Report on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls have to teach. We invite you to move with us through grief and into action. We invite you to honour your duty of care to help us all and to help Indigenous people, especially the youth, move from resiliency to softness, from survival to thrivance.
The KUU-US Crisis Line Society: Operates a 24-hour provincial Indigenous Crisis Line for Adults and Elders at 250-723-4050; Children and Youth at 250-723-2040; Toll Free at 1-800-588-8717
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line and Online Counselling Service: Toll free at 1-855-242-3310
Metis Crisis Line: Available 24 hours a day at 1-833-638-4722
Indian Residential School Survivors Society: 1-800-721-0066 or 604-985-4464 to access the following cultural supports: Sadie McPhee, Gertie Pierre, or Yvonne Rigby Jones. Emotional mental health and counselling services will be accessible for the IRSSS Resolution Health Support Workers.
Tsow Tun Le Lum: 1-888-403-3123 to access the following cultural supports: Levi Martin, James Quatell, Mike Kelly