Why It Matters
It matters because it continues to affect First Nations, Inuit, and Métis families–people from vibrant cultures who are vital contributors to Canadian society.
It matters because it happened here – a land considered to be a world leader in democracy and human rights.
It matters because it is one of the major causes of poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, and violence among Aboriginal Canadians.
It matters because Aboriginal communities suffer levels of poverty, illness, and illiteracy comparable to those in developing nations.
It matters because we share this land. We may not be responsible for what happened in the past, but we all benefit from what First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people have had to relinquish.
What YOU can do
Donate to the Legacy of Hope Foundation
Host a LHF exhibition
Ask a Teacher if they include this topic in their classroom. We can provide FREE materials to teach youth about the Residential School System.
Spread the word - Ask you friends or colleagues what they know about the residential school issue. Let them know they can learn more by visiting this website.
Write letters to municipal, provincial and federal politicians. Ask them to work to restore funding to community-based initiatives that deal with impacts of residential schools. Click here to find your Member of Parliament.
Contact, Visit, Volunteer at your local Aboriginal community group, health/resource centre, student centre
- Find your local friendship centre
- Carleton University’s Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education
- Ottawa University’s Aboriginal Resource Centre
- Algonquin College Aboriginal Student Centre
- Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
- First Nations Child and Family Caring Society
- Centre for Social Justice Website