Support for Indigenous Midwives and the Indigenous community regarding recent news about residential schools
We were deeply dismayed by the news of the 215 children found buried at the Kamloops residential school on the territory of the Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.
Given that the last residential school closed in 1996, we acknowledge that this is not the distant past but rather one that is still felt profoundly by Indigenous peoples and Indigenous communities through lived and intergenerational trauma. The lives of Indigenous people in Canada continue to be systemically oppressed, discriminated against and ignored. We hold the space for our Indigenous members, their families and communities at this painful time. We acknowledge our responsibility to do the work to learn more about, advocate for and reconcile with the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island, now known as Canada.
The AOMBT honours and celebrates diversity and supports the work of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives and the Canadian Association of Midwives in their National Action Plan to Eliminate Anti-Indigenous Racism.
Supports & Resources
- Mental Health supports are available to you through the AOMBT: Practice Admin Staff | Toronto Birth Center Staff | AOM Staff | Midwives
- A Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former residential school students. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling 24-Hour National Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
- Hope for Wellness Helpline
Immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention for all Indigenous peoples across Canada (available in some Indigenous languages)
Toll free: 1-855-242-3310 Live web chat
- Talk 4 Healing
Indigenous women can get help, support and resources 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, with services in 14 languages.
Toll free or text: 1-855-554-4325 Live web chat