On May 27, the remains of 215 Indigenous children were found buried on the former grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. The federal government has since begun an inquiry into how many Indigenous children died within the state-run and state-funded system. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission report said there were more than 6,000 deaths, but former commission chair, Murray Sinclair, says that the total is likely much higher.
Four months later, on Sept. 30, the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was a day of solemn remembrance across Canada. This is how the day unfolded as captured by 17 students studying photojournalism at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication.
If you are a residential school survivor in distress, or have been affected by the residential school system and need help, you can contact the 24-hour Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419, or the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, toll-free line 1-800-721-0066
Contributors: Matias Bessai, Natasha Bulowski, Kendra Dyer, Michael Edgar, Maryann Enns, Ariel Harker, Erin Hood, Emma Jackson, Melissa Marchewka, Tala Muhtadi, Cate Newman, Gillian Peebles, Ann Pill, Harriet Smith, Camille Vinet and Becca Weston.