Our community is on a healing journey, one that is supported and sustained by our Sḵwx̱wú7mesh culture and customs.
Ta na wa Yúus ta Stitúyntsam̓ (Rights & Title) has been preparing to undertake work regarding the former St. Paul’s Indian Residential School site.
We thank all community members and survivors who were able to join us for a ceremony on Monday, August 9, as we prepare to move forward on this important and difficult journey.
Today, we announce publicly that we have embarked on an Indigenous-led initiative, with xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, to find answers about the children who attended the former St. Paul’s Indian Residential School but never made it home.
The investigation is being launched to bring healing and care for residential school survivors and is a critical part of the reconciliation process. This work will occur in phases, with a plan for each phase approved and supported by the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh community through Council. The intent is to proceed in a careful manner to gather records and accounts of the experiences of survivors who attended the school.
See the full news release and work plan here. (Please note, these documents contain information regarding Indian Residential Schools that may be distressing to some.)
A list of mental health resources from Yúustway and other organizations are available here.