Legacy of Hope Foundation

The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is a national, Indigenous-led charitable organization that has existed for almost 20 years. The LHF’s goal is to educate and raise awareness about the history and long-lasting intergenerational impacts of the Residential School System, Sixties Scoop, and other means cultural oppression against Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) Survivors, their descendants, and their communities. Our mission is to educate towards creating just and equal relationships of reconciliation and healing for all Canadians, to expand awareness of and access to the rich legacy of the contributions of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and the world, and to make known the histories of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, including the histories of injustice.

The LHF works in partnership with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples, communities, and organizations, and with governmental agencies, foundations, educational institutions, and others across the country to develop educational materials, commemoration projects, and research initiatives that support our mission. Our vision for Canada is that informed, capable, and respectful persons live as equals in a mutually beneficial, caring, dignified, and just relationship of reconciliation, for the better future of all Peoples and the Land. Our mission and our vision guide our daily work, our interactions with one another, and with all of our partners.

The LHF fulfills our mandate by: working in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, communities and organizations across Canada; and undertaking communications, research, and policy activities that support the development and implementation of our educational and commemoration projects. All of these activities are informed by the experiences and stories of Residential Schools Survivors, their families, and communities.

Our work is guided by ethical guidelines and principles for working with Survivors and Indigenous communities. These ethical guidelines are based on: 1) a deep concern and compassion for and honouring of Survivors, their families, and communities; and 2) a clear understanding of the need for and importance of the oral tradition of Indigenous peoples. We take as our fundamental guiding principle that the work of the LHF must contribute to the health, safety, well-being, and healing Survivors, their families, and communities, and towards promoting reconciliation in Canada.

Our mission is to educate and foster Reconciliation and to create just and equal relationships among all people in Canada. We accomplish this by teaching about the true history of Residential Schools, the Sixties Scoop, and the injustices Indigenous Peoples endure and by bringing to light the varied and rich contributions to the foundation of this country that Indigenous Peoples made and continue to make.