Standing with our First Nations Brothers and Sisters in Humanity
On Thursday the 24th of June the Cowessess First Nation of Saskatchewan uncovered 751 unmarked graves at a cemetery near the former Marieval Indian Residential School.
The bleak and horrifying discovery of close to a thousand buried First Nations children (and possibly adults) at the Marieval Residential School, is the latest revelation in the quest of truth, justice, and reconciliation with our Indigenous neighbours and friends.
Last month the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in B.C. uncovered the bodies of 215 children in a burial site near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. First Nations across Canada are searching for context and evidence of the living trauma that the indigenous people of Canada have been subjected to.
“Indeed, Allah commands you to render trusts to whom they are due and when you judge between people to judge with justice. Excellent is that which Allah instructs you. Indeed, Allah is ever Hearing and Seeing.” [Quran, 4:58]
The BC Muslim Association feels a deep sympathy for the First Nations of Canada and the pain they endure. We are called by our faith to be foremost in partnering with our indigenous friends in demystifying the torturous ambiguity of the generational crimes committed against them and the healing process.
Support Services Include:
Indian Residential School Survivors Society: 1-800-721-0066
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 or text 686868
Suicide Crisis Line: 1-800-784-2432
Battered Women's Support Services: 1-855-687-1868
IRS National Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
We acknowledge that our Mosques, homes, work, and programs are hosted on the Unceded Territory of the First Nations People of BC, including the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, Musqueam First Nations.