“Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) sends our deep heartfelt message of condolences and support to the Ktuxana Nation, Shuswap Band, and other Indigenous Nations that attended the St. Eugene’s Mission School in Cranbrook, upon the discovery of 182 unmarked graves. MNBC’s recognizes this incident is triggering for the Métis survivors of residential schools across BC and Canada, and we send our support to them. If you, or someone you know is in crisis and needs support, please reach out to the 24 hour/7 day a week Métis Crisis line at 1-833-Metis-BC (1-833-638-4722).
As someone who has been privileged to work with both the Ktunaxa Nation and Shuswap Band for over 30 years as an Aboriginal Support Worker and other professional capacities with survivors of this school, my heart is broken, yet lifted. We believed the survivors and their truth when they told us stories, stories that are now before the world and maybe these children’s voices will be heard and can begin their journey home.
The loss of Indigenous children, youth, adults, and elders over the last 150 years is only due to the continued denied legacy of our country. It is a tragic loss for every citizen in this country. If you think this proof is hard to accept, imagine living it, carrying it, and not being believed! The most precious and beautiful gift of a child’s future has been stolen from us all and the world is a lesser place because of it.”
Debra Fisher, Director Region 4 (Kootenay)
On Behalf of the MNBC Cabinet and Region 4 (Kootenay) Chartered Communities
Columbia River Métis – Golden
Columbia Valley Métis – Invermere
Rocky Mountain Métis – Cranbrook
Elk Valley Métis – Sparwood
Kootenay South Métis – Trail
West Kootenay Métis – Nelson