Sep 30, 2021
Akwé:kon Ratiya’tanó:ron ne Ratiksa’okón:’a!
If education can be used for fear, if education can be used to systematically assimilate, then education can be used to counter those things. We are bringing cultural renewal and healing back to our children, and back into their education.
We are here because we believe that our children deserve the opportunity to find a fulfilling life while grounded in their identity as Rotinonhsyon:ni.
Our collective grief and pain as Onkwehonwe nations has been triggered as we hear news of children found in unmarked graves at the Marieval, Kamloops, and St. Eugenes Residential Schools. We are bracing ourselves for what’s to come.
Everything we do is directly, and deliberately countering the residential school experience including that we are doing our own healing and inner work. We encourage and support speaking Kanyen’kéha, we give them our love and attention, and we feed them wholesome meals with an emphasis on traditional foods.
The news of the past few weeks has been incredibly heart wrenching, but it is a reminder that we must carry on and focus on the restoration of our language and culture so that our Nations rise up.
Our thoughts are with all of our fellow Nations across Turtle Island as we process our collective pain, especially the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation, Cowessess First Nation, and the Lower Kootenay Band as they work to recover the children to return them to their families.