June 2021 has brought shocking historic truths to the forefront in Canada. The discovery of the remains of 215 children buried at a former residential school in Kamloops, British Colombia has horrified many ignorant Canadians while re-traumatizing many others who survived those residential schools. Indigenous Communities have far too long cried out for truth and justice from the Federal Government of Canada. The time has come where many First Nations communities have taken it upon themselves to go and find their lost loved ones, to reunite broken families and bring forth the truth to light. It is anticipated that more and more discoveries will follow as across Canada, many non-indigenous and Indigenous take a stand and demand that true actions to support reconciliation be taken by those responsible: The Catholic Church and the Canadian Government.
On this year's Canada Day, many are cancelling celebrations and taking the time to educate themselves on the true history of Canada. A history stained by colonialism and racism. Many Canadians may be wondering what more they can do? As we stand as allies with our Indigenous communities, wear an orange shirt to honour those children lost and the survivors who are still seeking justice today. Make a donation to a charity that supports residential school survivors and raises awareness of its legacy. One such charity is The Legacy of Hope Foundation. I have also created an Every Child Matters graphic design on my online store to support this cause. All proceeds from sales of this t-shirt will be donated to Legacy of Hope Foundation. We can all be a part of change. #Educate #Raiseawareness #Beanally #Understand