Our Stories… Our Strength

One of the Legacy of Hope Foundation’s largest and most important projects has been Our Stories… Our Strength, a national commemoration and education project that collects, organizes and shares the stories of Residential School Survivors and others affected by residential schools. The main goals we sought to achieve were to commemorate and honour Survivors and their experiences, to allow the history of residential schools to be told through the voices of Survivors themselves, to ensure that these stories and experiences were preserved for future generations, to assist Survivors in their healing journeys, and to promote reconciliation between generations of Aboriginal peoples and among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians. Once collected, the LHF would utilize the stories to produce and develop a range of educational resources that would be made accessible to all Canadians.  

With funding from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and Health Canada, the LHF worked with 22 Aboriginal communities and organizations from across Canada since 2005 to organize gatherings of Residential School Survivors and others impacted by residential schools. These gatherings provided a forum for Survivors, their families and communities to come together to share their experience with others, to learn about counseling services and healing programs available to them, to obtain information about issues related to residential schools, and most important, to have their residential school experiences recorded and preserved for future generations. These experiences were video and audio recorded through one-on-one interviews and through group discussions using Indigenous methodologies such as sharing and talking circles. These gatherings have also allowed others impacted by residential schools, including non-Aboriginal Canadians, to hear about the experiences of Survivors and to record their own memories and thoughts of the schools.


September/October 2008 - Hopedale, NL
May 2008 - Ottawa, ON
March 2008 - Fort Qu'Appelle, SK
March 2008 - Nanaimo, BC
March 2008 - Winnipeg, MB
February 2008 - Nipawin, SK
September 2007 - Regina, SK
August 2007 - Fort Chipewyan, AB
June 2007 - Calgary, AB
April/May 2007 - Winnipeg, MB
March 2007 - Whitehorse, YT
February 2007 - Cardston, AB
December 2006 - Halifax, NS
November 2006 - Brantford, ON
September 2006 - High Prairie, AB
August 2006 - Sault Ste Marie, ON
July 2006 - Inuvik, NT
March 2006 - Prince George, BC
March 2006 - The Pas, MB
February 2006 - Vancouver, BC

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