CMHA MPS joins many across the country in reflecting on Canada’s past and future this
year on July 1.
CMHA is deeply troubled by the revelations from investigations into unmarked grave sites at
former residential schools in BC and Saskatchewan. We recognize that for Canada’s
Indigenous peoples, this is a day of mourning rather than celebration, and extend our deepest
condolences to those who are grieving.
The physical, psychological and spiritual violence stemming from residential schools has
caused pain that has been passed from generation to generation. The recent discoveries in BC
and Saskatchewan reflects the long history of racism, violence and cultural genocide towards
Indigenous peoples in Canada which did not end with the closure of residential schools. It
continues to this day. Every day, Indigenous people live the very real impacts of systemic
racism and colonialism, which affect their mental health and well-being.
CMHA MPS stands with CMHA National in calling for our health care system and decisionmakers
to heed the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to
support Indigenous communities’ calls to action on reconciliation, and particularly those in
support of Indigenous mental health, healing, and well-being.
As part of our own commitment to advance reconciliation,
CMHA branches across Ontario have been engaging in meaningful partnerships with
Indigenous organizations and leaders in the development and implementation of cultural
programs and services, including supporting Indigenous-led mental health promotion within
communities, valuing Indigenous healing practices and ways of working rooted in the principles
of cultural safety and self-determination, and offering Indigenous cultural awareness training for
To learn more about the TRC, visit their website.