The Law Society of Saskatchewan joins with Saskatchewanians, Canadians and people around the world as we mourn the continuing discoveries of unmarked graves, mostly children, near former Indian Residential School sites throughout this country. We acknowledge the tragic history of residential schools here in Saskatchewan and across Canada. The ongoing process of discovery will inevitably result in further findings, each of them triggering unique and painful reminders of the past for affected communities, survivors and their families and Canadians everywhere. Ultimately, we hope these ongoing efforts to know, understand and address the truth of residential schools deepens the commitments and resolve necessary to fully commit to reconciliation now. As we mourn together, now and in the future, as an organization the Law Society embraces reconciliation as a priority for its membership and the public we serve and we reaffirm our commitment to continually learning, growing, and most importantly taking necessary action to achieve this important outcome.
If you are a former residential school student in distress, or have been affected by the residential school system and need help, you can contact the 24-hour Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419. Additional mental-health support and resources for Indigenous people are available here.
List of recent discoveries:
215 unmarked graves discovered at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School
751 unmarked graves discovered near the former Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan
182 unmarked graves discovered near the grounds of a former residential school in Cranbrook, B.C.