The Fraser Valley Child Development Centre acknowledges the significance of National Indigenous Peoples Day and National Indigenous History Month. In the words of a local Elder: "They are about recognition, culture, finding identity, correcting history, and healing for generations of families. Everyone can participate by learning something about Indigenous peoples."
Today, at 5pm the Indigenous Welcome Centre is hosting a virtual event in honour of National Indigenous Peoples' Day. Join in at https://fb.me/e/4uQ8wZfvQ.
As we recognize and honour the culture and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples, we also want to acknowledge with sensitivity the deep suffering and intergenerational impacts that are the legacy of residential schools and the unspeakable losses and harms inflicted upon Indigenous families and communities, that continue to this day. We acknowledge with grief of the ongoing investigation of former residential schools across Canada and our hearts go out to each of the families and Indigenous communities continually affected by this news.
For tips on talking to children about residential schools, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebOJ_lMCVvk
We are committed to honouring Truth and Reconciliation and the historical and ongoing impacts of colonization. With support from our Indigenous partners, we are working respectfully to deliver culturally safe and inclusive services and to recognizing and dismantling colonialism in the work that we do. View details on the TRC Calls to Action: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada