Legacy of Hope Foundation


The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is a national Indigenous charitable organization whose purposes are to educate, to raise awareness and understanding of the legacy of residential schools, including the effects and intergenerational impacts on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, and to support the ongoing healing process of Residential School Survivors. Fulfilling this mandate contributes towards reconciliation among generations of Indigenous peoples, and between the Original peoples of Canada and all Canadians.

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 Foundation has recently completed a comprehensive strategic planning process and is about to launch its new five-year plan that sets goals in three distinct areas – education, commemoration, and research. Strong partnerships exist in key strategic areas and further options for partnership and collaboration have been identified and are being pursued. A small staff is currently managing the operations of the Foundation, including the implementation of the strategic plan, and it is planned that additional staff members will join the team within the coming the months. The Foundation is in an excellent position to pursue its strategic goals with energy, creativity, and enthusiasm.

The LHF fulfills this 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 exhibition programming. 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.