Chief Wanda Pascal TeetlIT Gwichin Band Council

Canada supports Teetl’IT Gwich’in Band Council 

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Taking care: We recognize this news release may contain information that is difficult for many and that our efforts to honour Survivors and families may act as an unwelcome reminder for those who have suffered hardships through generations of government policies that were harmful to Indigenous Peoples.

A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line offers emotional support and crisis referral services for residential school Survivors and their families. Call the toll-free Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Hope for Wellness Help line also offers support to all Indigenous Peoples. Counsellors are available by phone or online chat. This service is available in English and French, and, upon request, in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at www.hopeforwellness.ca.

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Crisis Line is available to provide emotional support and crisis referral services to individuals impacted by the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals. Call the toll-free Crisis Line at 1-844-413-6649. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

August 2, 2022 — Teetl’IT Gwich’in Band Council, Northwest Territories — Crown–Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

The locating of unmarked burials at former residential school sites across Canada is a tragic reminder of the abuse that many Indigenous children suffered in these institutions. The Government of Canada is working with Survivors, and affected families and communities to address historical wrongs and the lasting physical, emotional, mental and spiritual harms related to the legacy of residential schools. Part of this work includes efforts being made to locate and commemorate missing children who attended residential schools, as well as responding to Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action 72 to 76.

Teetl’IT Gwich’in Band Council has undertaken work to provide a healthy and safe space for their community members to grieve and heal from those who never returned home from residential schools. The Band Council held two grieving and healing workshops for Survivors, their families, and community members to come together to share their feelings, their stories and the ongoing impacts of residential schools. This community-led initiative allowed Teetl’IT Gwich’in Band Council to undertake this work in their own way and at their own pace to advance intergenerational healing.

Today, Wanda Pascal, Chief of Teetl’IT Gwich’in Band Council; and the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced funding totalling $41,140 to Teetl’IT Gwich’in Band Council for this important work.

Addressing the harms suffered by Survivors, their families and communities is at the heart of reconciliation and is essential to renewing and building relationships with Indigenous Peoples, governments, and all Canadians.

“The funding will support a number of coordinated activities to allow community members, from our youth to our elders, to reengage with the energy of mother nature. It is good for us to receive this funding and we will continue these land activities to heal as a community moving forward.” – Chief Wanda Pascal, Teetl’IT Gwich’in Band Council