To honour those who suffered trauma and harm at the former residential school in Kamloops, to their families and communities who are mourning, and to all impacted by this devastating news, BC schools were asked to lower their flags to half-mast until further notice, as a sign of respect.  We continue to reflect on all those touched by the news from the Tk‘emlups te Secwepemc First Nation.  This is a grim reminder of the trauma of the residential school system and the impacts that remain in our province today.

This discovery can be triggering and we hold everyone in our hearts.  The following supports and resources (24/7 support, mental health, school teaching resources, trauma informed practice and more) are available in support of our students, staff, families, communities and all those impacted by this heartbreaking news.

24/7 Supports:

Monday–Friday, 8am–8pm PST & Weekends, 10am–2pm PST:

British Columbia Resources:

 National Crisis Hotlines:

Mental Health Supports for Staff and Students:

Supports In Place For Staff to Teach About Residential Schools:

Trauma Informed Practice:

  • The Ministry of Education has developed trauma-informed practice workshop resources based on a Compassionate Learning Communities TIP_Framework.pdf (mytrainingbc.ca). The resources are offered as a way to inspire conversation and connections between educators, schools and districts.  The resources identify Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC) recommendations, and acknowledges the on-going impact of colonization and historical residential school trauma.
  • The trauma-informed resources are intended for anyone who wishes to support professional development sessions for staff, or support awareness sessions, or for individuals to view on their own.  The workshop packages are flexible and customizable.  They can be used as individual workshops or as a whole professional development suite. School staff, parents/caregivers, and educators can also download brief tip sheets.
  • The Resources for Compassionate Learning Communities (mytrainingbc.ca)  include four workshop packages under the themes of Understanding, Relationship, Connection, and Capacity.  The Relationship workshop package may be particularly helpful during this time as the focus is on educator and staff wellness.  The Relationship package of resources provides information on how to support educators and leadership teams with reflective practice, acceptance and compassion.  In addition, the resources provide information on secondary trauma, how secondary trauma may show up in our work and how to support individuals experiencing secondary trauma.

Every Child Matters .. we will remember.