I Pledge 215
It has been an emotional week with the discovery of the mass grave on the site of a former residential school in Kamloops British Columbia. While we knew children were buried in unmarked sites, finding these remains is a painful reminder of the injustice and the intergenerational impact it has had. Nothing we can say will ever take away that pain.
This event may trigger emotions. The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of his or her Residential school experience.1-866-925-4419.
To truly Honour these children and their families, we encourage everyone to take action. Sometimes the smallest act can have the biggest impact.
After hearing the tragic news of the discovery of the bodies of 215 Indigenous children at the former Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia, Peter Hernandez, President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Oshawa, felt disturbed. As a father of three young girls, ages 2, 3 and 5, he was immediately hit by the sunken feeling that these children could have been his daughters under different life circumstances.
Peter turned his emotions into action when he made pledged 215 ‘Reflection Bucks’ in memory of the 215 children. What happened next was an unexpected surreal moment that left Peter choked up. One persons actions led to the spontaneous collective gesture of the club.
Click here to read about Peter's story!