Resource for coping with traumatic events
The events of the past few days have had a critical impact on the UFV community. After a distressing event, whether a natural disaster or something that occurs in class, work or outside of UFV, people have a few common reactions. The UFV Counselling team is available to help support you through this time.
Please check out the resource we’ve developed to explain normal feelings and reactions, as well as strategies for how to care for oneself during and after traumatic events.
Download the resource PDF
Where to find information and support in light of recent discoveries at former Residential School sites
Here is a list of some good resources for information and support in dealing with the recent devastating discoveries at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, and Marieval Indian Residential School in Saskatchewan:
- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (@NCTR on Twitter) has a wonderful list of resources on their website here.
- The First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) has produced an Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation Resources Guide for students at the grade 5, 10 and 11/12 levels. While it was created for teachers, it is an accessible and thought-provoking resource to start your learning journey.
- The University of Alberta is offering a free online course called “Indigenous Canada.” Taught “from an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.”
- Support is available for anyone affected by the lingering effects of residential schools, and those who are triggered by the latest reports. The IRSSS can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-721-0066.
- A national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former students and those affected. Access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.
- Within B.C., the KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a First Nations and Indigenous-specific crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's toll-free and can be reached at 1-800-588-8717 or online.
- The UFV Counselling team is a group of highly skilled and caring professionals who are here to support students. Information on their services and appointment booking is available here. They also maintain a downloadable list of community resources.
As always, if UFV’s Students division can be of support, please don’t hesitate to connect with us.