How to support for TWN Day School and Residential School Survivors

How to support for TWN Day School and Residential School Survivors

News & UpdatesHow to support for TWN Day School and Residential School Survivors

How to support for TWN Day School and Residential School Survivors

Following news from the Tk̓ emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and the discovery of the unmarked burial sites at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, there has been an outpouring of support for survivors within Tsleil-Waututh Nation.  Our survivors have now become our Elders. They are our knowledge keepers and the most cherished members of our Tsleil-Waututh community.

As a way to support our Tsleil-Waututh Nation survivors, we have established a Tsleil-Waututh Nation Residential School Survivors Fund. Funding will go towards:

  • Having a counsellor to assist with completing Indian Residential School Survivor forms
  • Making available counselling and healing platforms for all affected by residential school
  • Creating supports in both a group and 1-1 setting
  • Establishing elders programming to maintain and preserve Tsleil-Waututh Nation culture and values

Should you wish to donate, please contact: accounting@twnation.ca

When they buried the children
What they didn’t know
They were lovingly embraced
By the land
Held and cradled in a mother’s heart
The trees wept for them, with the wind
they sang mourning songs their mother’s
didn’t know to sing
bending branches to touch the earth
around them. The Creator cried for them
the tears falling like rain.
Mother earth held them
until they could be found.
Now our voices sing the mourning songs.
with the trees. the wind. light sacred fire
ensure they are never forgotten as we sing
JUSTICE
-abigail echo-hawk

(St. Paul’s Indian Residential School, North Vancouver, BC).

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On September 30th, members of our Tsleil-Waututh community, and our family members from Musqueam and Squamish, will take part in a pilgrimage walk to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Walking from our Tsleil-Waututh Reserve, located along Dollarton Highway in North Vancouver, our community members and staff will walk 8.5 kilometres to the site of the former St. Paul’s Residential School, now the site of St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Secondary School.
Tsleil-Waututh Nation members took staff from the Province of BC for a tour of Say-Nuth-Khaw-Yum, the Indian Arm Provincial Park. Our cultural leaders spoke about importance of protecting park and significance to our Tsleil-Waututh people. The park’s area is a key place of cultural and spiritual significance where our people have practiced our culture since time immemorial.
September 30th, 2021 will mark the first observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We know that members of our Tsleil-Waututh community will continue to do the good and meaningful work we have always done. We will check on our survivors and their family members, listen to and share our truths, and continue to bring awareness to our struggles and our strengths, as we move forward in healing.
We would like to introduce you to our new Tsleil-Waututh Nation Elected Chief & Council members, whose term began July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2025. Head on over to our Elected Chief and Council page to learn more about the experiences, cultural work, and backgrounds that Chief Jen Thomas and each of our new councillors brings towards the self-governance and leadership of our Nation.
As the summer comes to a close, the COVID-19 pandemic carries on. We have been weathering this storm for more than a year and a half, and we have been able to do so because of the support and care from our TWN Community Members.