May 31, 2021
Dear members of the McGill community:
In light of the remains of 215 Indigenous children that were recently found at a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia, the McGill flag (on the McCall MacBain Arts Building) will be lowered today in memory of the victims. The flag will remained lowered until June 8. McGill offers its sincere condolences to the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation and all survivors of residential schools and their families. The University is in discussion with local Indigenous communities to determine how we can all heal together.
Any member of the McGill community in need of support should reach out to the resources below.
Resources for students
- Keep.meSAFE is a 24/7/365 mental health counselling service available to all McGill students
- Learn how to access care from the Student Wellness Hub (please note that the Wellness Hub is not available to students registered in School of Continuing Studies programs and courses)
- School of Continuing Studies students can access mental health services, including access to professional psychologists, as per their plan agreement
- For peer-based support, you can reach out to Nightline or Chatline, or reach out to the Peer Support Centre for online appointments and drop-ins
- Find tips to connect better with other students virtually
- International students who have Medavie Blue Cross insurance are covered for online medical consultations and memberships with Maple Virtual Care
- A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available to provide support to former residential school students and those affected. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-Hour National Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.
See also: McGill’s 52 Calls to Action
Professor Christopher Manfredi
Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)