DCDSB Statement on The Discovery of Unmarked Graves at Residential School Sites

Posted On Friday June 25, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians:

It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of children as the discovery of more unmarked graves at  residential schools across the country are reported in the media. Our hearts are filled with grief, sorrow, and shame by the reminders of the residential school system and its lasting trauma on Indigenous people and communities.

Recognizing the truth is a step needed to achieve the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and we are committed to this learning. We recognize that more work needs to be done and as a society, we need to educate ourselves on the tragic wrongs and unjust acts that have been and continue to be committed towards Indigenous people.

At the Durham Catholic District School Board, we walk the path together with our Indigenous Advisory Circle, Student Indigenous Advisory Circle, Indigenous partners, students and families and pledge to continue our learning in support of the truth and reconciliation. We hope through our collaborative work to support a positive future where the history, contribution, and excellence of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people is known and embraced by all.

At this time, we extend our support to assist those who are experiencing heightened emotion. Students who may be struggling are encouraged to reach out to a caring adult to arrange support through our social workers. Mental Health resources are available at:

Yours in Faith,

Tracy Barill
Director of Education