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Video: Creating Change Policy Forum to Advance Solutions for Indian Residential School Crimes

Updated: Oct 27, 2021

Video release for Creating Change Policy Forum to Advance Solutions for Indian Residential School Crimes Against Humanity in Canada.

Protect Our Indigenous Sisters Society BC (POISSBC) advanced discussions on next steps for Indigenous children harmed at the Indian Residential Schools in Canada, including the 215 children found in unmarked graves at the Kamloops Indian Residential School.

The intent of the forum was to have an earnest discussion on practical next steps, explore how our communities may work together in order to bring this long-standing issue forward as a case to the International Criminal Court (ICC) (Rome Statute), and consider other viable options for justice for Indigenous peoples in Canada.


· To explore the requirements to bring a case to the ICC

· Would these crimes qualify as genocide, crimes against humanity, or something else?

· What are other viable options to seek justice?

· How can people and organizations support this cause?


· Forum proceedings

· A discussion paper on policy options

· These will be published on POISSBC’s website and strategically distributed

Future Actions

· POISSBC will convene further forums as needed

· POISSBC will work with other groups to fundraise to advance the issue as needed

· POISSBC will develop a policy brief from this forum and post online


Kukpi7 Judith Wilson, Executive First Nations Leadership Council & Neskonlith Indian Band

Brendan M. Miller, J.D., LL.M., Special Counsel, Foster LLP

Beverly Jacobs, Law Professor & Associate Dean Academic, University of Windsor

Breen Ouellette, J.D., Lawyer & Political Activist

Donna Kennedy-Glans, LLB., QC, Founder NGO Bridges Social Development

Moderator - Cheryl Matthew, PhD, POISSBC

Welcome & Opening - Shamenstut (Amanda Nahanee), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish)


POISSBC’s purpose is to work towards ending all forms of violence against Indigenous women, children, and families. Guided by the traditional teachings of our Ancestors, we challenge ideas and seek change. POISSBC is not affiliated with any government or political group.

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