Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) shares our deep sorrow at the news about unmarked graves that are being discovered at former residential schools across Canada. We offer heartfelt condolences to survivors, their families and all Indigenous peoples across the country who are now mourning these tragic losses.
We encourage everyone to take a moment and reflect on these devastating discoveries and the relentless trauma Canada's Indigenous peoples have experienced. With each tragedy, we are reminded of VCH's role and responsibility in advancing truth and reconciliation, and its commitment to providing culturally safe health care service delivery. VCH upholds the Provincial Declaration of Commitment to Cultural Safety and Humility, Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action, and United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People. While we offer words of sorrow today, we remain unwavering on our path towards reconciliation and in our commitment to do better.
As part of that commitment, we have assembled resources to support Indigenous patients, clients, and staff who have been affected by residential schools and the recent discoveries:
Indian Residential School Crisis Line is a national service for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience. Call local 604-985-4464 or toll-free 1-866-925-4419. Support is available 24/7.
Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention by phone or online chat to all Indigenous people across Canada. Call toll-free 1-855-242-3310 or start a confidential chat with a counsellor at www.hopeforwellness.ca.
KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides crisis services for Indigenous people in BC. Adults/Elders line 250-723-4050; children/youth line 250-723-2040. Or call toll free 1-800-588-8717. Learn more at www.kuu-uscrisisline.com.
Métis Crisis Line is a service of Métis Nation British Columbia. Call 1-833-MétisBC (1-833-638-4722).
Access information about VCH mental health and substance use services.
Additional support resources are available through First Nations Health Authority (FNHA).