Independent Special Interlocutor for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves and Burial Sites associated with Indian Residential Schools

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Former Residential School students can call 1-866-925-4419 for emotional crisis referral services and information on other health supports from the Government of Canada.

Indigenous people across Canada can also go to The Hope for Wellness Help Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for counselling and crisis intervention. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca.

The location of potential unmarked graves and burial sites at former Indian residential schools has caused us all to reflect on the profound generational harms of Indian residential schools and the impacts of this intergenerational trauma that First Nations, Inuit and Métis continue to face today.

On June 8, 2022, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announced the appointment of Kimberly Murray as Independent Special Interlocutor for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves and Burial Sites associated with Indian Residential Schools. The Special Interlocutor has been working closely and collaboratively with Indigenous leaders, communities, Survivors, families and experts to identify needed measures and recommend a new federal legal framework to ensure the respectful and culturally appropriate treatment and protection of unmarked graves and burial sites of children at former Indian residential schools and associated sites.

On May 31, 2024, Ms. Murray announced that her mandate has been extended into the Fall of 2024. This enables her to continue the crucial work of assisting Survivors, Indigenous families and communities searching for the missing children and to deliver a Final Report before the end of her Mandate. This Final Report will include comprehensive recommendations that fully capture what the Independent Special Interlocutor has heard as the best way forward to properly respect and protect unmarked graves and burial sites.

Mandate

Mandate

Learn more about the Independent Special Interlocutor’s mandate and how they are working with Indigenous peoples

Meet the Special Interlocutor

Meet the Special Interlocutor

Read Ms. Murray’s biography to learn more about her background and why she was selected as Independent Special Interlocutor for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves and Burial Sites associated with Indian Residential Schools

Contact the Special Interlocutor’s Office: info@osi-bis.ca