FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Connie Greyeyes says a $10,000 donation to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) is going to help family members and “help them on the healing path.”
Appearing on Moose Talks on Friday, Greyeyes said the organization has been catapulted into the spotlight in the wake of the discoveries of unmarked graves in Kamloops this past summer.
“It was quite a crazy time to have to try and band together and really support survivors and their children through that trauma,” said Greyeyes, who added the astronomical amount of calls they received pushed the IRSSS to the limit.
“Not only survivors of residential schools, but day schools and 60’s scoop, so our services are now becoming known in the public more so than ever.”
The IRSSS offers 24/7 counselling services, healing workshops, gatherings and community events, but Greyeyes says the biggest service is the counselling.
“I think the biggest thing that we do offer is that counselling and that guidance that everybody needs once in a while, especially when you have lived through something traumatic as residential schools, 60s scoop or day schools. And of course, all of our services are free to survivors and their children.”
Greyeyes says those services are made possible by support like the $10,000 donation from Surerus.
“I was really quite surprised. I received a message from [Sureus Pipeline CFO] Connie Chilcott and she said, we have this donation that we would like to make to the IRSSS, and we recognize your good work in the community.”
Greyeyes says the donation will help expand the organization at a time when it was in crisis mode, but it has pulled together to do what’s necessary for family members.
“I’m really grateful that I had the opportunity to speak to so many survivors. They really teach you a lot when you speak with them, if you listen.”