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The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

“The time for healing, is now.” Their mission is to lead in the pursuit of understanding and addressing the ongoing trauma created by the U.S. Indian Boarding School policy. The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) was incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit in June 2012 under the laws of the Navajo Nation. They are the only U.S. based non-profit focused on this work. NABS was created to develop and implement a national strategy that increases public awareness and cultivates healing for the profound trauma experienced by individuals, families, communities, American Indian and Alaska Native Nations resulting from the U.S. adoption and implementation of the Boarding School Policy of 1869.

NABS supports the Federal Indian Boarding School investigation and calls for a Congressional Truth Commission READ HERE

The Indian Residential School Survivors Fund

The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) is a provincial organization with a twenty-year history of providing services to Indian Residential School Survivors. IRSSS provides essential services to Residential School Survivors, their families, and those dealing with Intergenerational traumas. These impacts affect every family and every community across B.C. and Canada.


September 30th What is it?
September 30th is Orange Shirt day Every Child Matters. 

The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.  A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation.  A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected.  Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on. 

The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come.

To learn more, visit

We are the first peoples of these lands that were stolen from us. We are continuously ignored, mistreated and devalued. When we talk about the history of this country and continent, that begins with Indigenous history. Our families were murdered, raped, molested, enslaved, sterilized, abused, experimented on, stolen from our families, forced to never speak our languages, forced to pick a Christian name, their hair was cut, forced to fulfill “Kill the Indian, Save the Man” beliefs of these colonial systems, and discarded. Our families were forced into these Boarding/Residential schools - ripped from their families, and the 5,296 Indigenous children just found, are from mass burial graves found across the lands and plenty more properties to be searched - were meant to erase us through cultural genocide in a different way. Families never having closure. Families unable to have their children be buried ceremonially and traditionally with their communities. Stories from Boarding/Residential school survivors are heartbreaking - experiencing so much and many tried to escape the horrors that happened on those grounds. Families would often move their tipi / home near to where the schools were. This has contributed to the intergenerational trauma we experience today. We have to also not just call this colonization and genocide, but has to be connected to the doctrine of discovery and religion as many of these schools were led by Churches.  Those working for the church and these schools, many are still alive today that we must call for accountability and justice. So far, their identity is being protected.

We are the first caretakers of these lands that were stolen from us. We’ve been forgotten and still forgotten from most of the conversations, even today. It’s slowly getting better but being an advocate myself, we still feel like an after thought. Our injustice and pain doesn’t get included in the topics of injustice and pain. We exist. Our pain is real. And it has to stop. We deserve to THRIVE - not survive. More will be found. Speak up! We are fighting for accountability and healing.  We need mental health support services. Hoping some good comes out of the Federal Indian Boarding School Truth Initiative too. This intersects with MMIR! Prayers up, tobacco down for our relatives - for our communities.

- Over 376 schools in the U.S.
- Over 100 residential schools in Canada
- To this day, over 5,296 children have been unearthed
- Recently, 9 children, were brought home to the Rosebud Indian Reservation from the Carlisle Indian Boarding School. This effort was led by youth and community the last few years, to bring their relative’s home.
- These schools existed in Canada, U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Hawaii, Australia, and more countries and communities. 

1-866-925-4419 for CAN Residential Boarding School Crisis Hotline
306-522-7494 (Treaty 4 territory)

Webinars to Watch:
Healing Through Indigenous Mindfulness and Neurodecolonization
Indian Boarding School Cemeteries and Missing Children
Beyond Historical Trauma: Indigenous Traditions Lead the Pathway to Resilience and Healing
#TruthAndHealing: The Movement and the Commission

Canada: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report

Call to Action:
Support Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation in the U.S.

NABS has ways for you to support:
Join the Coalition, Sign petitions, Make a donation, Sign up for e-news.
Take Specific Action: For Churches, For Survivors and Descendants, For Teachers, and For Community Allies.


Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo (And Alberta) by Connie Walker on CBC Original
Canada’s Darkest Secret: Residential Schools by Behind the Bastards on Google Podcasts
American Indian Boarding Schools, Hashtag History, Episode 43

As Long as the River Flows by Larry Loyle
When I was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Daughter of Suqua by Diane Johnston Hamm
My Name is Not Easy by Debbie Dalh Edwardson
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
My name is Seepeetza by Shirley Sterling
No Parole Today by Laura Tohe
Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School by Adam Fortunate Eagle
Sweetgrass Basket by Marlene Carvell
Broken Circle by Theodore Fontaine
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
Orange Shirt Day by Phyllis Webstad
Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga
I am not a number by Jenny Kay Dupuis
The Land is our Storybook by Julie-Anne Andre & Mindy Willett

Vice TV “Indigenous Peoples in Canadian Residential Schools


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Follow hashtags: #WearOrange / #EveryChildMatters / #LetThemBeHeard / #BringThemHome/ #NoPrideInGenocide


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