OCDSB to lower flags

OCDSB to lower flags in honour of 215 children found in BC
Posted on 05/30/2021
OCDSB to lower flags in honour of 215 children found in BC

The OCDSB will honour the lives of the 215 children whose bodies were found in a mass grave at a residential school in Kamloops, B.C. Effective Monday, May 31 to June 8, the flags will be lowered on all OCDSB schools and buildings. They will remain lowered for 215 hours in respect for each child who did not return home.

We commit to remember and ensure the sad legacy of Canada’s residential schools is not forgotten.  


These resources from Project of Heart can help to learn more about residential schools:


Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/11/UNDRIP_E_web.pdf

Mental Health Supports Available: 

For anyone who has access to Non-Insured Health Benefits (provided based on Status and N Number): Call General NIHB Inquiries at 1-800-640-0642 (toll free) and ask for the list of practitioners in Ottawa. This service includes 20+ sessions of government paid mental health counselling support per year.

If you or a family member, regardless of status or N number, have attended residential school or have a close family member that attended residential school, mental health counselling can be accessed by visiting https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1581971225188/1581971250953.

Métis Nation of Ontario: This is a 24-hour Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line. Call 1-877-767-7572.

National Indian Residential School Crisis Line: This provides support for former students and those affected. Emotional and crisis referral services can be accessed by calling the 24-hour national crisis line at 1-866-925-4419.

Hope for Wellness: Telephone counselling available, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-855-242-3310.

YSB Crisis Line: 24/7 Crisis Line and online chat. Call 613-260-2360 or visit https://www.ysb.ca/.

Talk 4 Healing: This is a service for Indigenous women. Call 1-855-554-HEAL.

Additional support during school hours: Contact Courtney Valeyev at 613-325-4549 or [email protected].

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