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A few months ago I went to the ceremony to honour #215children that were found at a residential school site. Since then thousands more have been discovered.

Here is a thread of videos from that day that I had not shared previously. #OrangeShirtDay
Singing from the drum circle.
A moment of silence.

Many in the crowd were wearing orange shirts that day.

#OrangeShirtDay2021
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In light of the false reports circulating on social media about 1100 children found at Blue Quills, a thread about numbers and graves associated with residential schools from someone on the ground doing this work.
#residentialschools
There have been images circulating with larger and larger counts. Most communities are just beginning the journey to search around their schools and are taking time to engage with the survivors, Elders, and families to discuss how to proceed. This is a necessary step.
When you see numbers circulating, I encourage folks to go to the source of the information. Indigenous communities who have done this work and have chosen to share the results will have done so formally. Amplify what they are saying.
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The RCMP cannot be trusted with evidence and witnesses.

These videos illustrate why the RCMP must not "investigate" the #215children findings of the Tk'emlúps te Secwe̓pemc.

The RCMP must not be allowed near ANY site of #Canada's #genocide against Indigenous children.

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The RCMP cannot be trusted with evidence and witnesses.

These videos illustrate why the RCMP must not "investigate" the #215children findings of the Tk'emlúps te Secwe̓pemc.

The RCMP must not be allowed near ANY site of #Canada's #genocide against Indigenous children.

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The RCMP cannot be trusted with evidence and witnesses.

These videos illustrate why the RCMP must not "investigate" the #215children findings of the Tk'emlúps te Secwe̓pemc.

The RCMP must not be allowed near ANY site of #Canada's #genocide against Indigenous children.

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THREAD - It's time to talk again, because even after #215children, there's a problem, and it seems to be building.
Just in case you didn't see it. Near Brandon, MB, over 100 more children have been found on residential school grounds. This is, again, not surprising to me or my community because we know we have missing family. We have advocated for years for help to find them.
But even though it's not surprising - it still reignites trauma. And while that trauma is being experienced, we are subject to hateful genocide deniers and apologists, people asking what they can do, performative acts without substance, and political grandstanding.
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The Canada you grew up in is not the Canada I grew up in.

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I was born in Lynn Lake, a town at the end of highway 391; a land exploited by the Sherritt & Blackhawk mining companies for nickel, zinc & gold.

#215children #Indigenous #CancelCanadaDay #Genocide
The mining corps made a fortune, didn't pay taxes, and left 21m tonnes of toxic tailings behind; buried on play grounds, under houses, and in the water supply.

Everyone knew.

cbc.ca/player/play/24…
And so Lynn has been under decades long boil water advisory while disproportionate rates of cancer continue to ravage her residents.

A modern day @ErinBrockovich story in Indigenous Canada, but without the hero to hold the bad guys accountable at the end.
cbc.ca/news/canada/ma…
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Official statement from Canadian Conf of #Catholic Bishops on the #genocide of #215children - Zero accountability - it should be titled “Shirking the Past” /1
Their website attempts to distance the church and bishops of complicity in #residentialschools “The Catholic Church as a whole in Canada was not associated with the Residential Schools, nor was the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.” #TruthAndReconciliation /2
The Vatican’s assets are estimated to be in the 10s of billions of dollars, earning millions annually just in investment dividends. They are likely the largest tax evader in the world. /3
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All over social media and MSM we see cries for someone to DO SOMETHING. I was just watching @PnPCBC while folding laundry and the host was demanding to know of Caroline Bennett what the federal government to was going to Do about the 215 children's bodies in Kamloops. 1/23
Then National Chief Perry Bellegarde was interviewed and he was asked what the federal government needs to DO to fix this. Caroline Bennett tried to explain working with the communities. Perry Bellegarde tried to explain that there is a process going on. 2/23
We are all shocked and hurting right now. Many are imagining what we would do if they were our children who were taken away to school and never came home. It is a distinctly European, and maybe even North American settler thing to want to see something DONE, immediately. 3/23
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To those shocked/outraged by the #215children found, calling for something to be done. Something HAS been done, but Canada ignores this work & instead fights to keep truths hidden.

Read the reports of the TRC, RCAP, MMIWG, MB AJI, or read our blog bc we talk about all of them
These children had not been forgotten. People knew they were there. People witnessed this atrocity. There are other schools too, where the same is true. There's a whole section in the TRC report about it.

Important: Canada didn't find these children, their communities did
Their communities arranged for the search, the church denied any such mass grave, Canada was silent.

There's no possibility that 215 children can be buried at their school and those charged with their care know nothing about it.
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At the Alberta Legislature. A sunny day. A solemn vigil. #215children #ableg #yeg #SenCA ImageImage
The vigil begin now with smudge and prayer. #215children #215CanadaDayOfMourning #yeg #ableg #SenCA ImageImage
“We’re feeling this grief, coast to coast on Turtle Island,” says Kookum Kathy. “We’re feeling it in the marrow of our bones.” #215children #215CanadaDayOfMourning #yeg #ableg Image
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