September 30th 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation day in Canada. On this day, we encourage everyone to reflect on the atrocities inflicted on the Indigenous people throughout Canadian history. There was 140 federally sponsored religious schools in Canada. These schools were established to abolish the Indigenous culture and force the children to conform to "Canadian" culture. It is estimated that over 150,000 children attended these schools, while records are incomplete it is estimated over 6,000 of these children died at residential schools across Canada.
The Legacy of Hope Foundation has stories of survivors explaining their experience at the Residential schools. To watch these videos, please visit the Legacy of Hope Foundation website.
For a list of resources or to learn more about the Residential School System, please follow the links below.