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A message from Build a Dream’s President & Founder, Nour Hachem-Fawaz:
It’s not enough to be saddened and “shocked”.
While I empathize with the difficulty in learning about the 215 children’s bodies found in Kamloops, I don’t believe sharing our condolences is enough.
This is a pivotal moment for leaders across sectors to take action. I urge you to be angry… I urge you to feel compelled to take meaningful action.
As an organization, the first step we took was to look within. What can we do differently that can lead to change? What can we do differently to learn? What could we do differently to be allies?
Our organization is taking every action listed above. Will you join us?
In 2008, the front page of Kamloops This Week highlighted claims “that the land surrounding the former Kamloops Indian Residential School contained the remains of children…” The claims were dismissed by the Catholic Church: “The schools failed on a number of levels, on a number of occasions. But that is a far cry from what he is suggesting, which is to say there was a deliberate plan to perpetrate genocide against the First Nations.”
We must accept the truths before healing can begin for our Indigenous communities.
As an immigrant, I vow to do better. This is not the Canada I want to be proud of as I raise my children. The Canada I want to be proud of is the one that will seek truth and honour and accept that we could do better. That we WILL do better.
Acknowledging the history feels ugly and uncomfortable because it highlights unspeakable, horrific and evil actions. But we MUST acknowledge it.
The only way to do better is to address the history and the role that both leaders and the system played.
I am sorry and I will do better.
President & Founder
Build a Dream
Please contact The Indian Residential School Survivors Society at 1-800-721-0066 or call their 24-hour Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419 if you require emotional support or assistance.
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