Residential School and Indigenous-Specific Racism Statement: READ HERE – College Anti-Racism Statement: READ HERE
On September 30, 2022, the BC College of Social Workers commemorates the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The College stands with all the First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities in shedding light on the tragic history of residential schools and the impact of destroying and assimilating Indigenous peoples and culture through the process of colonization and genocide.
The College recognizes and mourns the intergenerational harm that residential schools have caused to Indigenous families and communities. The College is committed to reconciliation by ensuring that the tragic history and legacy of residential schools is never forgotten.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Commissioner Murray Sinclair (Ojibway) stated that “education is the key to reconciliation,” adding, “education got us into this mess, and education will get us out of this mess” (Home – NCTR). The College acknowledges the importance of education and ongoing learning and will continue to take part in creating systems that are based on social justice and inclusive of Indigenous values and culture through decolonization and reconciliation.
The office of the BC College of Social Workers will close on September 30th to provide staff the opportunity to engage in quiet reflection and/or participate in a community event.
The National Residential School Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
Link to Government of Canada, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – Canada.ca
Link to Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada reports and information:
Link to BC Health Regulators Cultural Safety and Humility Efforts