Atrocity a shockingly bad or atrocious act, object, or situationAtrocity | Definition of Atrocity by Merriam-Webster
A few days ago I wrote “I’ve been sitting here for a long time, hoping the Spirit would show me what to write, what to say about the unmarked, undocumented burial site, with the remains of 215 Indigenous children, that was recently discovered at a former residential school in British Columbia. I honestly can not comprehend how these things happened. And continue to happen today when Native children are taken from their families by government social services.”
The horror is compounded by having some idea of how many of these atrocities occurred across the lands called the United States and Canada. Knowing the numbers of those subjected to, severely damaged from, killed, or committed suicided as a result of these atrocities are much greater than we yet know. And the damage impacts subsequent generations, those living today.
I’m still waiting for the Spirit show me the way, to tell me what I can do.
I am so stricken by these atrocities that I don’t know if I can face my Native friends.