Trigger warning: residential schools, genocide


This is a time for accountability, not silence. Our hearts go out to the Indigenous communities after the discovery of the remains of 215 children found at the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School.  This is not an isolated incident, as residential schools were founded on the principle of eradication of culture and language. Countless stories and experiences have already been recorded and collected in the 273 page Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s volume on Missing Children and Unmarked Burials. We need truth before we can have reconciliation and we urge students to read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, as a starting point for further education.  As university students, it is your personal responsibility to learn the true intention behind the residential school system and be a generation that listens, believes, learns and supports the Indigenous communities.   

Supports for Indigenous Students

Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line

Four DIrections Indigenous Student Centre

Hope for Wellness Helpline

Empower Me

  • 1-833-628-5589

Truth and Reconciliation

Books for further reading by Indigenous authors:

  • A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliot

  • Five Little Indians by Michelle Good

  • Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga

  • Blanket Toss Under Midnight Sun by Paul Seesequasis

Courses (in and outside of Queen’s) to further your learning:

DEVS 220- Introduction to Indigenous Studies

DEVS 221- Indigenous Studies II: Resistance and Resurgence

COMM 354- Relationships and Reconciliation in Business and Beyond

ECON 224- Economics of Indigenous Communities

LAW 202- Aboriginal Law

GNDS 212- Racism, Colonialism and Resistance

University of Alberta FREE course: Indigenous Canada