Renison joins with a nation in grief

Thursday, June 24, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that Renison once again lowers its flags to recognize and honour the people, including hundreds of children who lie in unmarked graves on the site of the former Marievel Residential School, located in Saskatchewan. As many as 751 unmarked graves have been located.

“Canada is only now beginning to reach the Truth portion of Truth and Reconciliation,” said Renison President, Dr. Wendy L. Fletcher. “The Marieval school was demolished in the aftermath of trauma experienced within its walls. The land itself now cries out as witness to the story of horror through the unmarked graves of children and others which remain. Only after the Truth of Canada’s residential school system is laid bare can we hope to begin down the path of Reconciliation. We stand with the Cowessess First Nation community, and all Indigenous communities, as we begin this painful unearthing of the Truth.”

Renison’s roots lie with the Anglican Church, which perpetuated this legacy of violence against Indigenous children, families and communities through the residential school system. We acknowledge the intergenerational trauma of these actions and we commit to doing our part in advancing the TRC Calls to Action. In the words of Cowessess First Nations Chief, Cadmus Delorme, “we must put down ignorance and unacknowledged racism” in order to begin the act of healing.

Resources for Indigenous students and community members can be found at UWaterloo Wellness 

The National Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line (24/7): 1-866-925-4410 / Calling from Ontario: 1-888-301-6426

Hear Jean Becker, Senior Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Interim AVP HREI, talk about the ongoing legacy of residential schools, and the ways that we – as neighbours, friends, colleagues, and more – have a long way to go to get to the truth part of truth and reconciliation in this interview on the Beyond the Bulletin podcast

Join your campus members in hearing Honourable Murray Sinclair speak on June 29 1-2:30pm: Truth is Hard. Reconciliation is Harder

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