National Indigenous Peoples Day has been commemorated annually over the past 25 years on June 21 as part of National Indigenous History Month (NIHM). This year’s NIHM is dedicated to the missing children, the families left behind and the survivors of residential schools.
As we explore and learn about the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, Police Victim Services of BC (PVSBC) reflects on the longstanding grief, trauma and loss that has been caused by Canada’s residential schools and other colonial systems and policies.
PVSBC is committed to listening and learning from the voices of residential school survivors and working collaboratively with our Indigenous partners and stakeholders. In addition, PVSBC is committed to responding to the needs of its Members and Affiliated Programs as we collectively move forward in ensuring PVSBC policies, practices and initiatives are culturally informed and culturally safe.
PVSBC recognizes news related to current events and incidences, along with the ongoing stress related to COVID-19 can impact everyone differently. PVSBC reminds police-based victim services sector workers to be gentle on yourselves and to reach out to one another or PVSBC if you are needing support.