Sixties Scoop Network launches an innovative Mapping Project for Sixties Scoop Survivors

(Ottawa/ON) June 23, 2020 – The Legacy of Hope Foundation congratulates the Sixties Scoop Network (formerly the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network) for launching a ground-breaking, interactive map to visualize the displacement of Sixties Scoop Survivors and share their experiences. The Sixties Scoop Network’s project, In our own Words: Mapping the Sixties Scoop Diaspora is being conducted with Dr. Raven Sinclair, a University of Regina professor who initiated the Pe-kīwēwin. The project hopes to uncover the history behind the policies that led to a disproportionate number of Indigenous children in care. It will support Survivors in finding and reconnecting with family members and accessing services and support resources.

The National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network has served as an advisor in the project created by the Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) called Bi-Giwen: Coming Home –Truth-Telling from the Sixties Scoop. This project explores the experiences of Survivors of the Sixties Scoop, which began in the 1960s and continued until the late 1980s, where Indigenous children were taken from their families, often forcibly, fostered and/or adopted out to non-Indigenous homes often far away from their communities and some across the globe. This project consists of a traveling exhibition along with an Activity Guide and features the first-person testimonies of twelve Indigenous Survivors of the Sixties Scoop, and reflects upon their enduring strength and resilience. The LHF is pleased to see another resource in addition to our own, out in the public that will raise awareness of the high rates of Indigenous child apprehension into the Child Welfare System and the impacts it has had on generations of Indigenous Peoples.

The LHF is a national Indigenous charitable organization whose purposes are to educate, raise awareness and understanding of the impacts of Residential Schools, including the Sixties Scoop and the intergenerational harms caused to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. This year marks our 20-year anniversary of LHF supporting the healing process of Survivors and their families, and working with Canadians to take action to address racism and discrimination in order to promote equality and to foster Reconciliation in Canada.

For more information on the Legacy of Hope Foundation, visit legacyofhope.ca.

For more information on the Sixties Scoop Network, please contact Colleen Hele-Cardinal at sixtiesscoopmap@gmail.com.

Teresa Edwards, B.A. JD.
Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone:  613-237-4806 Ext. 303 info@legacyofhope.ca

Carleton University launches the Residential Schools Land Memory Atlas on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Ottawa, June 21, 2020 – Over 18 years ago, on June 17, 2002, the exhibition Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools (WATC) was opened by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, at the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa. Today, the WATC exhibition lives on as part of the Residential Schools Land Memory Atlas (RSLMA) launched by Carleton University’s Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre.

The RSLMA maps the location of Residential Schools across Canada, but additionally provides related information and includes the perspectives of the Survivors who lived through the experience. The series of maps in this atlas use location as a starting point to house images, videos, narratives and a variety of content relating to the devastating impacts of the individual Residential Schools, including the historical geography of the sites and buildings. The atlas incorporates associated materials, including media content and related information on Residential School reunions and gatherings, other exhibitions about Residential Schools, and sketch maps of Survivor accounts, created by university students. which build upon their understanding of Survivor testimonies.

“The Legacy of Hope Foundation is celebrating our 20th anniversary this year, so the launch of the RSLMA serves as a tangible reminder that our work continues to be referenced and developed and that there is still more work to do. We are proud to be a partner and proud that the first exhibition that we produced provided the inspiration for this project and that we are continuing to educate Canadians about Indigenous history,” said Teresa Edwards, Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel at the Legacy of Hope Foundation.

The atlas is the culmination of five years of research supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The project involves Indigenous partners, including the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre, the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association, the Assiniboia Residential School Legacy Group, the Legacy of Hope Foundation and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. The Atlas received significant contributions by Jeff Thomas, other academic partners, including Algoma and Concordia University and University of Manitoba.

The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is a charitable organization that has been working to promote healing and Reconciliation in Canada for 20 years. The LHF’s goal is to educate and raise awareness about the history and existing impacts of the Residential School System, Sixties Scoop, Day Schools, and other colonial acts of oppression against Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) Survivors, their descendants and their communities. LHF works to address racism and to promote healing among everyone in Canada. The LHF encourages people to address discrimination and injustices and to contribute to the equality, dignity, and respectful treatment of Indigenous Peoples in order to foster Reconciliation.

Teresa Edwards, B.A. JD.
Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone:  613-237-4806 Ext. 303 info@legacyofhope.ca

PRESS RELEASE – 12-year Anniversary of the Federal Government’s Apology to Residential School Survivors

June 11, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – It was 12 years ago today, June 11, 2008, when then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper stood in the House of Commons and delivered a formal Apology on behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, to students of the Residential School System in Canada. This carefully-worded Apology was a requirement of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (IRSSA), and was a first step toward Reconciliation – but, as a country, we still have much work to do. The Government has yet to uphold many of the commitments set out in the IRSSA, and is far from fulfilling the 94 Calls to Action that were subsequently recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Apology served as a broadcast, bringing the Residential School System and all of its horrors to the forefront of the Nation’s attention for the first time in history. While the very existence of these schools was an aspect of history largely unbeknownst to many Canadians, it was the Apology that finally brought to light an admission of the harms caused to generations of Indigenous families from harmful Government policies, colonial acts of oppression, and the treatment of Indigenous Peoples.

On the occasion of this 12-year anniversary of the release of the Apology, LHF Executive Director and In-house Legal Counsel, Teresa Edwards reiterates that, “An apology is only meaningful if it is followed by actions that echo its words. Twelve years later, the Apology has been followed with many more words, but very little action. Now more than ever the Government of Canada must work with Indigenous Peoples to address the racism and the many injustices that continue to exist for Indigenous Peoples. It starts with education and relationship-building. Today Canadians can ask themselves what they can do to improve the situation, then do it. We all need to work together toward Reconciliation.”

The Residential School System not only failed to deliver education to generations of Indigenous children, it supported generations of abuse, neglect and cultural disruption. The LHF encourages all Canadians to act now to address the ongoing discrimination and injustices against Indigenous Peoples and to improve the relationship with Indigenous Peoples.

The LHF is an Indigenous-led charitable Foundation whose mandate is to educate Canadians by raising awareness and understanding of the impacts of Residential Schools, Sixties Scoop and other colonial act of oppression against Indigenous Peoples. It does this through the ongoing development and implementation of Curricula and Educational Resources that uncover the true history of Indigenous colonial experience in Canada in order to build understanding, empathy and respectful relationship with Canadians. The LHF has over twenty exhibitions about the history of Indigenous Peoples and the injustices they faced, to encourage Canadians to act and to improve the situation, and to support the ongoing healing process of Residential School Survivors. LHF is celebrating its 20-year Anniversary of educating Canadians in order to foster Reconciliation in Canada today.

Teresa Edwards, B.A. JD.
Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone:  613-237-4806 Ext. 303 info@legacyofhope.ca

The Legacy of Hope Foundation with KAIROS Releases – Building Understanding and Action for Reconciliation – Ravens: Messengers of Change

(Ottawa, ON) June 2, 2020 – The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF), in partnership with KAIROS, is pleased to announce the release of Ravens: Messengers of Change a resource designed to create awareness and action for Reconciliation in Canada. This resource includes an activity, called ‘Building a Tree of Reconciliation’ which works by engaging groups with information and concepts about Indigenous Peoples and then applying this information to create new understandings that empower people to take informed action for Reconciliation. The activity can be used with participants as young as elementary students up to, and including, adults. It can be a tool for the classrooms in school settings, community groups, offices, and with anyone who shares a desire to learn more and pursue thoughtful action towards achieving Reconciliation.

This Activity grew out of a need to build on the KAIROS Blanket Exercise. The Blanket Exercise is an experiential exercise in learning about Indigenous histories, experiences with colonization acts of oppression, as well as Indigenous resilience and strength in overcoming and being able to maintain and/or reclaim their identities, cultures, language and knowledge despite the genocide. Typically, participants in the Blanket Exercise are powerfully moved by the learning experience. Teresa Edwards, Executive Director and In-House Counsel at the LHF said, “Completing this Activity takes participants up to the present day and emphasizes the need for informed action for Reconciliation. ‘Building a Tree of Reconciliation,’ was developed to help participants take responsibility for their learning and desire to improve the current situation.”

Participants in the ‘Building a Tree of Reconciliation’ Activity will learn more about Indigenous philosophies and about living a life of balance and harmony. They will be introduced to a framework of action or commitment one can take based on Indigenous realities, and based on their knowledge and comfort levels. Concrete examples are provided drawn from the TRC 94 Calls to Action to help foster action that can lead to positive change in Canada.

If people have not completed the KAIROS Blanket Exercise previously, this Activity can still be used as a standalone along with many of LHF’s tools. Facilitators will find helpful information, appendix resources, curriculum and ideas that can be adapted to participants of varying ages and knowledge levels. For more information or a copy of this Activity, please see legacyofhope.ca/education and www.kairosblanketexercise.org/

The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is a national, Indigenous-led, charitable organization that has been working to promote healing and Reconciliation in Canada for 20 years. The LHF’s goal is to educate and raise awareness about the history and existing intergenerational impacts of the Residential School System, Sixties Scoop, and Day Schools on Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) Survivors, their descendants, and their communities in order to support their healing and to foster Reconciliation in Canada. For more information on the LHF and its exhibitions, research reports, curricula, including resources for educators, visit the Legacy of Hope Foundation website at www.legacyofhope.ca

Teresa Edwards, B.A. JD.
Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone:  613-237-4806 Ext. 303 info@legacyofhope.ca

Legacy of Hope Foundation hosting Winnipeg Regional Sessions for the Waniskahtan Project on Missing, Murdered, Indigenous Women, and 2SLGBTQ+

(Ottawa, ON) May 7, 2020 – The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is pleased to announce that it has held its sixth and seventh final regional group session for the Waniskahtan Project, which was held through two online virtual sessions, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The first sessions took place on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 the day that has been chosen as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which began in the United States but now the day is also observed in many places in Canada.

Our second session was held all afternoon on Thursday, May 7, 2020, and will consist of participants from the Winnipeg region. The project seeks to honour the lives and legacies of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, to stop the instances of violence and to promote peace.

The goal of these sessions was to gather feedback from families across Canada who have lost loved ones through violence and to help us create an exhibition that will educate the public on the racism, sexism and violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals. “It is unfortunate that we will not be traveling directly to Indigenous communities to meet face-to-face, but we are grateful to still be able to talk with families affected by missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals by having these virtual sessions, and by having them share their views about the development of the exhibition, to raise awareness of the discrimination and marginalization experienced, and to identify solutions to address these issues,” stated LHF Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel, Teresa Edwards.

Individuals who are not able to make it to the sessions can still participate by getting us their feedback by filling out the “Ways to Participate Form” that can be found directly on our website at

Waniskahtan

The end product will result in a travelling exhibition, Waniskahtan and accompanying Activity Guide on MMIWG and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals to honour the lives lost, increase awareness of the issues that put them at risk, address male violence, and promote actions to protect everyone. This includes encouraging exhibition viewers to make a personal commitment to stand up against violence and promote peace. Waniskahtan, is Swampy Cree and means “wake up.” Once completed, this exhibition will be added to the 19 LHF exhibitions that circulate across Canada to continue to educate and inspire positive action.

The LHF is a national Indigenous charitable organization whose purposes are to educate, raise awareness and understanding of the impacts of Residential Schools, the Sixties Scoop, Day Schools and the intergenerational harms caused to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis by colonial acts of oppression. LHF aims to support the ongoing healing process of Survivors and their families and to work with Canadians to address racism and discrimination in order to address injustices and to promote equality for all and to foster Reconciliation.

For more information on the Legacy of Hope Foundation, please visit legacyofhope.ca.

Teresa Edwards, B.A. JD.
Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone:  613-237-4806 Ext. 303 info@legacyofhope.ca

COVID-19 Update – Business Continuity

(Ottawa, ON) April 2, 2020 At the Legacy of Hope Foundation, we were looking forward to the year 2020 as this is the year that we celebrate our 20th Anniversary. While the COVID -19 pandemic has presented us all with unprecedented challenges, it is in our nature to look for hope in difficult times and it is in this spirit that we are continuing to work towards marking this important milestone in our existence.

As we face uncertainty, we believe that it is important to celebrate our successes. Since our incorporation on July 17, 2000, we have worked with Survivors and ally partners to educate and raise awareness about the history and existing intergenerational impacts of the Residential School System and subsequent Sixties Scoop on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Survivors, their descendants, and their communities to promote healing and Reconciliation in Canada.

We are continuing to produce high quality exhibitions, curricula, and other resources from our homes while teleworking, so that we can continue support people to in their actions to address discrimination and injustices contributing to the equality, dignity, and respectful treatment of all, including Indigenous Peoples.

We have implemented our business continuity plan and we are committed to maintaining organizational operations throughout this period of heightened risk and uncertainty. We will continue to work on projects, issue progress reports, and try to accomplish deliverables in keeping with current agreements to the best of our ability. 

It is a privilege to work with our partners and communities and on behalf of our Board and our Staff, we thank you for your ongoing support, we urge you to be safe, and we look forward to our continued progress together over the next twenty years.

Teresa Edwards, B.A. JD.
Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone:  613-237-4806 Ext. 303 info@legacyofhope.ca

Legacy of Hope Foundation to host the Kahnawake Regional Session for the Wanishkahtan Project

(Ottawa, ON) February 10, 2020 – The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is pleased to announce the fourth regional group session for the Waniskahtan Project, which will be held in Kahnawake, Quebec on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The project seeks to honour the lives and legacies of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.

The goal of these sessions is to gather feedback from families across Canada who have lost loved ones through violence and to help us create the best exhibition we can, in order to educate the public on the racism, sexism and violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals. “By traveling directly to Indigenous communities, we are giving a chance to families affected by missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals to have a voice and to share their opinion about the development of the exhibition, to raise awareness of the discrimination and marginalization that Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals experience, and to identify solutions to address it,” stated LHF Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel, Teresa Edwards.

Individuals who are not able to make it to the sessions can participate by filling out the “Ways to Participate Form” that can be found directly on our website at legacyofhope.ca/project/waniskahtan/.

The end product will result in a travelling exhibition, Waniskahtan and accompanying Activity Guide on MMIWG and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals to honour their lives lost, increase awareness of the issues that put them at risk, address male violence, and promote actions to protect everyone. This includes encouraging exhibition viewers to make a personal commitment to stand up against violence and promote peace. Waniskahtan, is Swampy Cree and means “wake up.” Once completed, this exhibition will be added to the 19 LHF exhibitions that circulate across Canada.

The LHF is a national Indigenous charitable organization whose purposes are to educate, raise awareness and understanding of the impacts of Residential Schools, including the Sixties Scoop and the intergenerational harms caused to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. LHF aims to support the ongoing healing process of Survivors and their families and to work with Canadians to take action to address racism and discrimination in order to promote equality and to foster Reconciliation.

Teresa Edwards, B.A. JD.
Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone:  613-237-4806 Ext. 303 info@legacyofhope.ca

Legacy of Hope Foundation – Begins the Thunder Bay Regional Session for the Wanishkahtan Project

(Ottawa, ON) January 29, 2020 – The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is pleased to announce the third regional group session for the Waniskahtan Project, which will be held in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The project seeks to honour the lives and legacies of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.

The goal of these sessions is to gather feedback from families across Canada who have lost loved ones through violence and to help us create the best exhibition we can, in order to educate the public on the racism, sexism and violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals. “By traveling directly to Indigenous communities, we are giving a chance to families affected by missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals to have a voice and to share their opinion about the development of the exhibition, to raise awareness of the discrimination and marginalization that Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals experience, and to identify solutions to address it,” stated LHF Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel, Teresa Edwards.

Individuals who are not able to make it to the sessions can participate by filling out the “Ways to Participate Form” that can be found directly on our website at legacyofhope.ca.

The end product will result in a travelling exhibition, Waniskahtan and accompanying Activity Guide on MMIWG and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals to honour their lives lost, increase awareness of the issues that put them at risk, address male violence, and promote actions to protect everyone. This includes encouraging exhibition viewers to make a personal commitment to stand up against violence and promote peace. Waniskahtan, is Swampy Cree and means “wake up.” Once completed, this exhibition will be added to the 19 LHF exhibitions that circulate across Canada,

The LHF is a national Indigenous charitable organization whose purposes are to educate, raise awareness and understanding of the impacts of Residential Schools, including the Sixties Scoop and the intergenerational harms caused to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. LHF aims to support the ongoing healing process of Survivors and their families and to work with Canadians to take action to address racism and discrimination in order to promote equality and to foster Reconciliation.

For more information on the Legacy of Hope Foundation, visit legacyofhope.ca/news.

Teresa Edwards, B.A. JD.
Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone:  613-237-4806 Ext. 303 info@legacyofhope.ca

Legacy of Hope Foundation publishes its new Hope and Healing Resource

(Ottawa, ON) January 22, 2020 – Just in time for its 20th anniversary, the Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) has published a new version of one of our most sought-after resources, Hope and Healing: The Impact of the Residential School System on Indigenous Peoples. This resource includes a brief history of the Residential School System (RSS), an explanation as to why learning about the RSS is important for all Canadians, what people can do to take action, and a timeline of events pertinent to the RSS for anyone in Canada who is interested in learning or teaching people about the topic.

The LHF has become a trusted source of information for Canadians, of healing for Survivors and communities, and a significant contributor to the process of Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples. Over the last twenty years, the Foundation has become a leader in developing and delivering innovative, unique, and effective educational programming on the long-lasting impacts of the Residential Schools on Survivors, their families, and their communities. These resources, including Hope and Healing, have been accessed by hundreds of thousands of Canadians, and now the LHF has made it even better!

“We believe that by helping Canadians to understand the impacts of the Residential School System, we are laying the groundwork for Reconciliation,” said Teresa Edwards, Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel for the LHF. “We are dedicated to making heart-warming connections between all Canadians and Indigenous Peoples and outlining why this issue should matter to them and how they can take action to improve the situation currently facing Indigenous Peoples. We offer positive suggestions to address discrimination in Canada and how everyone can all be a part of the solution.”

The LHF is a national, Indigenous-led, charitable organization that has been working to promote healing and Reconciliation in Canada for 20 years. The LHF’s goal is to educate and raise awareness about the history and existing intergenerational impacts of the Residential School System and subsequent Sixties Scoop on Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) Survivors, their descendants, and their communities to promote healing. The LHF works to encourage people to address discrimination and injustices in order to contribute to the equality, dignity, and respectful treatment of Indigenous Peoples and to foster Reconciliation. To request a copy, or for more information about the LHF visit the Legacy of Hope Foundation website at www.legacyofhope.ca. To download Hope and Healing click here

Teresa Edwards, B.A. JD.
Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone:  613-237-4806 Ext. 303 info@legacyofhope.ca

Legacy of Hope Foundation Launches Indigenous Oral Testimonies Activity Guide to accompany Oral Testimonies

(Ottawa, ON) January 20, 2020 – Ever since the Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) was founded in the year 2000 we have been working to educate Canadians about the Residential School System, its history, and ongoing impacts. Between 2006 and 2009, the LHF gathered the testimonies of over 600 Residential School Survivors from across the country. Our newest resource, the Let the Truth Be Told: Indigenous Oral Testimonies Activity Guide was developed so that those witnessing the Survivors’ Testimonies will have a richer experience where participants can be fully engaged and a part of the Reconciliation process.

Let The Truth Be Told will give teachers and students, and any adults willing to learn, the resources they need to examine the history of the Residential School System and to recognize the impact it has had and continues to have, on generations of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Another goal of this Guide is the exploration of Reconciliation and its foundations for understanding and meaningful action. Through these lessons, participants will work towards their own improved understanding of what it means for Indigenous and non-Indigenous People to work towards Reconciliation.

Using Oral Testimonies is a way of bringing Indigenous voices directly to participants which is what the Survivors who shared them had intended. This is putting Indigenous voices at the center of the learning experience and the process of using their Testimony shows recognition of the value of Indigenous voices and Oral Practices. Listening to Survivors speak about their experiences activates understanding, fosters empathy, and builds healthy caring that a textbook article or chapter could not achieve on its own.

The LHF is a national, Indigenous-led, charitable organization that has been working to promote healing and Reconciliation in Canada for 20 years. The LHF’s goal is to educate and raise awareness about the history and existing intergenerational impacts of the Residential School System (RSS) and subsequent Sixties Scoop (SS) on Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) Survivors, their descendants, and their communities to promote healing. The LHF works to encourage people to address discrimination and injustices in order to contribute to the equality, dignity, and respectful treatment of Indigenous Peoples and to foster Reconciliation. To purchase a copy, or for more information about the LHF visit the Legacy of Hope Foundation website at www.legacyofhope.ca

Teresa Edwards, B.A. JD.
Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone:  613-237-4806 Ext. 303 info@legacyofhope.ca

Press Release – Listen, Hear Our Voices Funding Announcement

(OTTAWA, ON) January 15, 2020 – The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) has just received funding from Library and Archives Canada (LAC), to support the digitization and preservation project – Listen, Hear Our Voices. This project will allow us to convert into high-quality digital format, the collection of video testimonies of Residential School Survivors, of which we are stewards. This project will ensure that these Survivor stories and experiences are preserved in an oral story-telling format for future generations.

Since our organization began in 2000, the LHF’s collection of digital resources has always been at the heart of the organization. This unique library of audio and video Oral Testimonies by Residential School Survivors was gathered before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was mandated by the Canadian Government to do a similar process. The LHF “pre-TRC” testimonies continue to guide our work in educating and raising awareness about the intergenerational impacts of Residential Schools and the ongoing injustices Indigenous Peoples continue to face so that we can foster empathy, understanding, and inspire positive action in improving the issues facing Indigenous in Canada.

“We are excited that the Listen, Hear Our Voices project will once again allow us to work with Library and Archives Canada as they were our original partners in developing our first exhibition, Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools in 2002,” said Teresa Edwards, Executive Director and In-House Counsel. “I feel as though this brings us full-circle back to a positive and collaborative partnership that will result in the preservation of our Oral Traditions and history.”

This project is not only important to our organization but to all Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across Canada, as these unique testimonies are an important part of the Reconciliation process. To celebrate the preservation of, and to welcome some of these new stories into the digital world, we will be holding an Elder-led ceremony at the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre in British Columbia and also in Ottawa, Ontario.

The LHF will continue to protect these testimonies so that this generation, and the next, can remember what happened, honour, understand, and ensure these things never happen again. As we continue to do this work, we know that it is the voices of the Survivors who will lead the way to mobilize Canadians to work towards ending discrimination and racism directed towards Indigenous Peoples.

The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is a national, Indigenous-led, charitable organization that has been working to promote healing and Reconciliation in Canada for 20 years. The LHF’s goal is to educate and raise awareness about the history and existing intergenerational impacts of the Residential School System (RSS) and subsequent Sixties Scoop (SS) on Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) Survivors, their descendants, and their communities to promote healing. The LHF works to encourage people to address discrimination and injustices in order to contribute to the
equality, dignity, and respectful treatment of Indigenous Peoples and to foster Reconciliation.

For more information on the LHF and its exhibitions, including resources for educators, visit the Legacy of Hope Foundation website at www.legacyofhope.ca

Teresa Edwards, B.A. JD.
Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone:  613-237-4806 Ext. 303 info@legacyofhope.ca

Legacy of Hope Foundation – Begins Regional Sessions for Wanishkahtan Project in Ottawa

(Ottawa, ON) January 10, 2020 – The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is pleased to announce the beginning of the regional group sessions for the Waniskahtan Project. The project seeks to honour the lives and legacies of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.

There will be a total of five regional sessions during the next four months including the East Coast, Quebec and Nunavut, Ontario, the Prairies, the West Coast, and one national session for 2SLGBTQ+ individuals in Ottawa. “The goal of these sessions will be to gather feedback from families across Canada who have lost loved ones through violence and to help us create the best exhibition we can, in order to educate the public on the racism, sexism and violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals. We need to inspire action that will end violence,” said LHF Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel, Teresa Edwards.

Individuals who are not able to make it to the sessions can still participate by filling up our “Ways to Participate” Form that can be found directly on our website at www.legacyofhope.ca.

The travelling exhibition, Waniskahtan and accompanying Activity Guide on MMIWG and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals will honour lives lost, increase awareness of the issues that put them at risk, address male violence, and promote actions to protect everyone. This includes encouraging exhibition viewers to make a personal commitment to stand up against violence and promote peace. Waniskahtan, is Swampy Cree and means “wake up.” Once completed, this exhibition will be added to the 19 (nineteen) LHF exhibitions that circulate across Canada, and which can be borrowed by hosts for free.

The LHF is a national Indigenous charitable organization whose purposes are to educate, raise awareness and understanding of the impacts of Residential Schools, including the Sixties Scoop and the intergenerational harms caused to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. LHF aims to support the ongoing healing process of Survivors and their families and to work with Canadians to take action to address racism and discrimination in order to promote equality and to foster Reconciliation.

For more information on the Legacy of Hope Foundation, visit legacyofhope.ca.

Teresa Edwards, B.A. JD.
Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone:  613-237-4806 Ext. 303 info@legacyofhope.ca

(OTTAWA, ON) October 21, 2019 – The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) gratefully acknowledges the contributions of The Home Depot Canada Foundation, Odawa Native Friendship Centre, Ladedo Visual Concepts, Algonquin Landscaping and Property Maintenance, and three Indigenous youth for the successful completion of our Bi-Giwen exhibition crates.

This project brought together community organizations, businesses, and Indigenous youth to build custom exhibition storage and shipping crates for the Bi-Giwen: Coming Home, Truth Telling from The Sixties Scoop exhibition. This exhibition shares the experiences of 12 Survivors of the Sixties Scoop from a first-hand perspective to educate Canadians about Indigenous history.   

“So much can be said about this truly unique community project. I am thankful for the multiple contributors and the expertise they shared with the Indigenous youth. The completion of customized crates will allow this exhibition to travel to venues across Canada without fear of damage,” said Teresa Edwards, Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel for the LHF, adding that, “when multiple people come together for projects like this, something special happens. We have not only built crates, but we have built partnerships, grown community spirit, and we have fostered skills in our youth with this incredibly successful project.”

The project was made possible through the Home Depot Canada Foundation Community Programs Grant. LHF matched the funds and the money was used to purchase building supplies and materials and to pay the Indigenous youth. The Odawa Indigenous Friendship Centre provided their wood-working workshop, which allowed the crates to be built in a safe and professional work space.  Rip Jones, volunteered his time, expertise on exhibition crate designing to the project, as well as provided instruction and guidance to the Indigenous youth who made the crates. Tim Baptiste, helped build, supervise and train the Indigenous youth in basic carpentry skills and crate construction, and provided his own staff to help complete the eight large crates.

A special thank you to all of you for your amazing contributions in making this project a reality. We could not have done it without you!

  • The Home Depot Foundation, Community Programs Grant
  • Morgan Hare, Executive Director, Odawa Native Friendship Centre
  • Rip Jones, Ladedo Visual Concepts for the design of the crates
  • Indigenous Youth: Derek Edwards-Barber, Thomas Moses and Nathan Coté-Spence who were trained in basic carpentry and custom crate building
  • Tim Baptiste, Algonquin Landscaping and Property Maintenance for the many volunteer hours spent supervising, training the Indigenous youth, building, allowing your staff to help and for ensuring professional quality outcomes for this project

Teresa Edwards, B.A. JD.
Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone:  613-237-4806 Ext. 303 info@legacyofhope.ca

Escaping Residential Schools – Advisory Committee: Call for Participants

The Legacy of Hope Foundation is a national Indigenous-led, charitable organization founded of the Residential School System. This includes teaching people about the direct and ongoing impacts on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Survivors, their families and their communities to make known the histories of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, including the histories of injustice.

The reality is, “more than 3,200 kids died inside those hellish institutions, and hundreds of the dead remain unidentified, their names never properly recorded. The true circumstances around how and why these kids died may never be fully known or understood.” – Truth and Reconciliation Commission, “Missing Children and Unmarked Burials” research project.

The “Escaping Indian Residential Schools” project will build on this era of reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and Canada through an educational and awareness exhibition of the Residential School experience of Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, and Métis) students who sought to escape the system by giving voice to those who died and voice to those who survived the process. The primary goal of this project is to develop an exhibition and educational materials on the issues of missing children and unmarked burials, and also to honour the memories of those children who sought to escape the system by sharing their stories.

The project will take place from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 and will be guided by a six- person volunteer Advisory Committee comprised of Indigenous Survivors or Intergenerational Survivors of the Residential School System and one Elder.

If you are interested in participating in this project’s volunteer Advisory Committee, we invite you to submit the attached application by email at reception@legacyofhope.ca by Friday, August 30, 2019 with the subject line “ATTENTION: Manager of Exhibitions and Curatorial Projects”. Click here to download the application

Application deadline closes at 4:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, August 30, 2019.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Who Can Apply: Preference will be given to persons with Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Metis) ancestry (24(1) (a) of OHRC) who are qualified candidates.   

Job Posting – WANISKAHTAN Project Coordinator, Legacy of Hope Foundation

Job Type: Part-time, Term Position – (1 year and 7 months)
Term: August 12, 2019 – March 31, 2021

Required education: Post-Secondary Diploma/Certificate (or equivalent experience)
Salary: $23,000 per year

Closing Date: July 19, 2019

The Legacy of Hope Foundation is a national Indigenous-led, charitable organization founded in 2000 with the goal of educating and raising awareness about the history and many impacts of the Residential School System. This includes teaching people about the direct and ongoing impacts on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Survivors, their families and their communities to make known the histories of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, including the histories of injustice.

Our mission is to build understanding and empathy and to inspire self-reflection and personal commitments to take action that will create respectful and equal relationships aimed at healing and fostering Reconciliation. LHF highlights the rich cultures, resilience and strength and many contributions of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

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.

The Legacy of Hope Foundation’s vision for Canada is that informed, capable, and respectful people live as equals in a mutually beneficial, caring, dignified, and just relationship of Reconciliation, for a brighter future of all.

Position Overview: As part of the Legacy of Hope team, and the primary staff member for the development of a new exhibition and Activity Guide, the Waniskahtan Project Coordinator for the Legacy of Hope will work directly with the Manager of Exhibitions and Curatorial Projects, the Executive Director and Indigenous communities and Partnering Organizations to develop and coordinate all aspects of exhibition and curatorial projects. This role requires detail-oriented execution, flexibility, initiative, and a very strong collaborative approach, particularly with our Indigenous partners. The position is for a 19-month term and will be located on-site in Ottawa.

General duties

  • Write reports, draft exhibition and project content in collaboration with partners, briefing notes, PowerPoint presentations and/or other related documents;
  • Write individual and group proposals to secure project funds for LHF;
  • Network with the Indigenous/Art community, graphic designers; and,
  • Other related duties, as required from time to time.

Specific Job Duties:

  • Collaborating with the Legacy of Hope’s Executive Director and Indigenous partners to develop project initiatives and goals relating to LHF’s mission and mandate.
  • Monitoring project progress, supervising the accounting for travelling exhibits and communicating regularly with the Legacy of Hope’s Executive Director and all project stakeholders, as directed.
  • Managing the Legacy of Hope’s public image and ensuring that all project records (paperwork, documentation, promotional materials, etc.) are organized and well maintained.
  • Networking and outreach with artists, curators, and arts organizations in throughout Canada to develop, promote and facilitate project activities.
  • Communicating with project participants to ensure they have the support and resources needed.
  • Researching funding sources and preparing funding applications to strengthen each project’s budget and seeking funding to support new and emerging projects.
  • Researching and pursuing sponsorship opportunities for the project, as needed.
  • Coordinating travel, accommodations, venues, etc. for project events, as needed.
  • Enhancing the Legacy of Hope’s profile through communication, dissemination, and outreach.
  • Strengthening communications and relationships with artists, curators, project partners, and Indigenous communities throughout Canada.
  • Participating in the hiring with the ED and the management of any secondary staff required for projects, as needed.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • College Diploma or University Degree (or equivalent experience) in the Arts, Administration, Curatorial Studies, Project Management, Indigenous Studies, or any related field with a minimum of two years of arts-related work experience.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), as well as current social media and web-based platforms.
  • Proven ability to coordinate multiple demands and requests in a fast-paced, highly professional environment, work comfortably with change, and problem solve.
  • Proven time management skills and a strong attention to detail and accountability.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) with the ability to work as a team member.
  • Must have in depth knowledge and understanding of Indigenous issues related to Residential Schools and the ongoing impacts on Survivors and their families;
  • Strong writing skills with the ability to carry out culturally-relevant analysis in all deliverables;
  • Ability to carry out research, and write in both plain language and academic styles;
  • Ability to apply sound judgment;
  • Familiarity with Indigenous practices, and knowledge of cultural protocols, including of interactions with Elders;
  • Good understanding and knowledge of key social justice issues impacting Indigenous Peoples;
  • Commitment to, and knowledge of the principles, values, mission and mandate of the Legacy of Hope Foundation;
  • Good understanding of policy, program and legislation, (including violence prevention and impacts, health, housing, etc.) affecting Indigenous Peoples;
  • The ability to communicate in Indigenous languages are an asset;
  •  The ability to communicate in both official languages are an asset (French and English);
  • Knowledge of contemporary Indigenous arts practices, Indigenous artists and communities;
  • Driver’s License is essential to be able to meet often with partners, etc. (funds for gas/kilometers will be provided);
  • Some travel across Canada may be required; and
  • Overtime may be required from time-to-time.

All interested applicants must submit an electronic cover letter and résumé to the Legacy of Hope Foundation by email at Reception@legacyofhope.ca by July 19, 2019 with the subject line “ATTENTION: Manager of Exhibitions and Curatorial Projects.” Please demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the position within your documents, and ensure they are formatted as .doc or .pdf files.

The successful candidate must be legally entitled to work in Canada, and the offer of employment is conditional upon receipt of a Criminal Records Search, Vulnerable Sector Screening. We thank all who apply, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Legacy of Hope Foundation announces new project funded by Government of Canada to Honour the Lives and Legacy of Indigenous Women and Girls and LGBTQ2S

(Ottawa, ON) June 27, 2019 – The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is pleased to announce a new project entitled, Waniskahtan – Honouring the Lives and Legacies of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and LGBTQ2S.  The project will help to educate and raise awareness of the high rates of violence targeting Indigenous women and girls and LGBTQ2S, and identify ways to promote their safety and security.

This new commemorative project was made possible by the Government of Canada’s investment of over $495,000 over the next two years through their Commemoration Fund. The funding was announced by the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality on June 24, 2019.

Waniskahtan is a two-year project that will enable LHF to work with multiple families and communities from across Canada to inform the development of a travelling Exhibition and Activity Guide that will honour their loved ones. It is our goal to tactfully, but powerfully expose the racism, sexism and violence Indigenous women and girls and LGBTQ2S continue to face, in an attempt to create safer environments and prevent more deaths.  

“For almost twenty years the Legacy of Hope Foundation has worked closely with hundreds of Survivors of the Residential School System and their families and is well-positioned to work with individuals who have experienced life trauma. We know that many of the women who have gone missing or been killed previously attended Residential School or experienced the intergenerational impacts of Residential Schools, so we are confident that we can accurately tell this story,” said Legacy of Hope Foundation President Richard Kistabish.

“With the conclusion of the inquiry, it is time to take the next step to commemorate those lives still missing and murdered, and wake Canadians up by inspiring them to take steps to keep Indigenous Women and Girls and LGBTQ2S individuals safe from violence,” said Teresa Edwards, Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel.

The travelling Exhibition, Waniskahtan and accompanying Activity Guide on MMIWG and LGBTQ2S will honour lives lost, increase awareness of the issues that put them at risk, address male violence, and promote actions to protect everyone, including encouraging all those who view the exhibition to make a personal commitment to stand up against violence and promote peace. Waniskahtan, is Swampy Cree and means “wake up.” Once completed, this Exhibition will be added to the roster of 19 exhibitions, which can be borrowed by hosts for free, and that are able to circulate across Canada.

For more information on the Legacy of Hope Foundation, visit legacyofhope.ca.

Teresa Edwards, B.A. JD.
Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone:  613-237-4806 Ext. 303 info@legacyofhope.ca

Legacy of Hope Foundation – Honours and Acknowledges the Inquiry of the MMIWG and its Final Report

Ottawa, ON) June 6, 2019 – The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) would like to acknowledge and honour all of the Commissioners, the staff, the Elders and Knowledge-Keepers, as well as the Survivors, families, and communities who participated to bring this inquiry to its conclusion. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls was launched in 2016, running for three years to produce its Final Report, released on Monday, June 3, 2019.

The report identifies a genocidal process that is empowered through colonial structures as a root cause for the disturbing numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada as well as the Indigenous Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (2SLGBTQQIA) community. The contributing colonial structures that have contributed to the Genocide include the Indian Act, generations of Indigenous Peoples attending Residential Schools, children being apprehended in what is known as the Sixties Scoop, along with generations of oppression and racism and other human rights’ violations experienced by Indigenous Peoples, particularly women.

Most importantly, the Report points to a way forward for action, including many Calls for Justice. The authors of the report note that recommendations may be too mild a term. They urge their Calls for Justice to be seen as, “legal imperatives – they are not optional.” These calls touch upon many aspects of society. The LHF makes special note of the calls relating to Education. Under Calls for Educators, number 11.1, the authors, “call upon all elementary, secondary, and post-secondary institutions and education authorities to educate and provide awareness to the public about missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people, and about the issues and root causes of violence they experience.” Under Calls for Justice for All Canadians, number 15.2, they call upon all Canadians to “decolonize by learning the true history of Canada and Indigenous history in your local area. Learn about and celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ history, cultures, pride, and diversity, acknowledging the land you live on and its importance to local Indigenous communities, both historically and today.”

Education is an essential tool to move society towards healthier relationships and structures. By gaining awareness and education on the colonializing past and present, all Canadians will be better informed to take meaningful action that strives for healthy, and respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples. This is why it is vital that topics and courses on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit be made mandatory in public schools K-12. Knowledge about Indigenous Peoples needs to become common knowledge. The LHF encourages educational leadership across Canada to implement these calls to justice immediately and is ready to support schools with its resources.

The Legacy of Hope Foundation is a national Indigenous charitable organization whose purposes are to educate, raise awareness and understanding of the impacts of Residential Schools, including the Sixties Scoop and the intergenerational harms caused to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. LHF aims to support the ongoing healing process of Survivors and their families and to work with Canadians to take action that will promote Reconciliation.

Media Contact Information:

Teresa Edwards, B.A. JD.
Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone:  613-237-4806 Ext. 303 info@legacyofhope.ca

Legacy of Hope Foundation Congratulates Dr. Cindy Swanson for completion of her Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.)

(Ottawa, ON) April 2, 2019 – The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) congratulates Dr. Cindy Swanson on completing her Doctor of Philosophy in Elementary Education (Ph.D.) from the Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development (CRTED) in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. Her research was a Narrative Inquiry alongside the Familial Curriculum Making Experiences of Urban Indigenous Children and Families.

Dr. Swanson is Métis residing in Edmonton, Alberta and has been involved in many initiatives over the years. She was appointed as a provincial member of the Métis National Youth Advisory Council. In 1998 she was appointed to the Aboriginal Healing Foundation’s Board of Directors as a youth member while she was an undergraduate student at the University of Alberta. She went on to teach and learn alongside children and families in elementary classrooms with the Edmonton Public School Board. Cindy has served on the Legacy of Hope Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2005 and now serves as the Secretary.

“Dr. Swanson’s experiences and knowledge in the area of education has informed our curriculum development program over the years,” said Teresa Edwards, Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel for the organization. She continued, “We are honoured that Dr. Swanson continues to serve on our Board of Directors, and we are proud to have her as a dynamic driving force behind our education mandate.”

The Legacy of Hope Foundation is a national Indigenous charitable organization whose purposes are to educate, raise awareness and understanding of the impacts of Residential Schools, including the Sixties Scoop and the intergenerational harms caused to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, and to support the ongoing healing process of Survivors and their families. Fulfilling this mandate contributes towards Reconciliation among generations of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.

Media Contact Information:

Teresa Edwards, B.A. JD.
Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone:  613-237-4806 Ext. 303 info@legacyofhope.ca

Legacy of Hope Foundation Applauds the Federal Government’s Announcement to Settle with Survivors of Day Schools

(Ottawa, ON) March 25, 2019 – The Legacy of Hope Foundation applauds the recent use of negotiation by the Federal Government to settle a class-action lawsuit for former Indigenous students of Day Schools instead of attempting to resolve it by litigation. This class-action lawsuit was launched by the Indigenous Peoples (and their families) who attended these Day Schools and suffered harms and traumas as a result. Currently, the negotiated settlement is still only proposed and is awaiting ratification from the courts.

The negotiated Settlement also includes funding for projects that support the healing and wellness of class members as well as their communities, including initiatives such as education, language, culture, and commemoration. The Legacy of Hope Foundation encourages project funding that supports cultural revitalization and targets both individuals and communities.

A vital part of the healing process for Indigenous Peoples is the revitalization of their cultures, including their Indigenous languages, teachings, spirituality, and holistic health and well-being. The goal of these schools was to remove a way of living and being from an entire Peoples by targeting their children. Now, in response, we need Initiatives and community supports that address more than the individual attendees but also their families and communities to make a serious effort to heal from the damage and rebuild connections.

In the future, the Legacy of Hope Foundation would like to see the Federal Government use more negotiated Settlements over litigation, and to ensure that they address the harms done not only to individuals but the impacts they had on the whole community. Day Schools, like the Residential School System, were run with the goal of colonizing students and separating them from their language, culture, and spiritual identity. Additionally, like the Residential School System, many students at Day Schools also experienced abuses, including physical and sexual abuse. These schools were also run by the Federal Government and administered by the Churches. Former students continue to struggle with the complex traumas inflected on them while in the care of those who were supposed to protect and nurture them. This is a trauma that is carried by former students, their families, and their communities. Such harms require a great deal of support, treatment, and cultural revitalization to help individuals and their families not only survive but learn to thrive again.

The details of the proposed settlement include:

  • Compensations of $10,000 for Indigenous Peoples who experienced harms while attending federally-run Indigenous Day Schools and compensation of $50,000 to $200,000 for Indigenous Peoples who suffered physical and sexual abuse while in the care of these schools; and
  • An additional investment of $200 million to be given to the McLean Day School Settlement Corporation. These funds will be used to support additional Projects – initiatives such as the healing, wellness, education, language, and culture, as well as commemoration in support of class members as well as their communities.

Media Contact Information:

Teresa Edwards, B.A. JD., Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone:  613-237-4806 Ext. 303 info@legacyofhope.ca

Legacy of Hope Foundation Congratulates Dr. Cook on Receiving the National Indspire Award for Education and Achievement

(Ottawa, ON) March 25, 2019 – The Legacy of Hope Foundation congratulates Dr. Marlyn Cook on her National Indspire Award (Health 2019) for her 30 years of service as a family physician on reserve lands. Not only has Dr. Cook long-served her community but she was the first ever Cree woman to graduate from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine as a Doctor. We are proud that Marlyn has served on the Legacy of Hope Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2005 and continues to be an active Member.

Originally from Misipawistik Cree Nation, in Manitoba, Marlyn began her career in healthcare as a nurse. After witnessing the racism Indigenous Peoples suffered in the healthcare system, Marlyn decided that she would become a Doctor so that she could advocate for Indigenous Peoples from within.

Over the years, Dr. Cook’s began to include Indigenous ceremony which she incorporated into her Western practice in order to re-instill a sense of pride, identity, and self-esteem. Dr. Cook has now returned to her hometown as a family physician in the Ongomiizwin Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing within the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Health Sciences and she continues to look for ways to incorporate traditional healing into Manitoba’s healthcare system.

“At the Legacy of Hope Foundation, we strive to tell Canada’s true history and the negative impacts that the Residential School System continues to have on Indigenous Peoples. It is from this understanding that we applaud the work of Dr. Marlyn Cook and her ground-breaking decision to integrate Indigenous ceremony into her practice and for her tireless efforts in advocating to eradicate racism from Canada’s healthcare system,” said Teresa Edwards, Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel for the organization. She continued, “We are very proud to have such an accomplished Indigenous woman as part of our Board.”

The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is a national Indigenous charitable organization whose purposes are to educate, raise awareness and understanding of the impacts of Residential Schools, including the Sixties Scoop and the intergenerational harms caused to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, and to support the ongoing healing process of Survivors and their families. Fulfilling this mandate contributes towards Reconciliation among generations of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.

Media Contact Information:

Teresa Edwards, B.A. JD., Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone:  613-237-4806 Ext. 303 info@legacyofhope.ca(

PRESS RELEASE – LEGACY OF HOPE FOUNDATION APPLAUDS THE SASKATCHEWAN GOVERNMENT’S APOLOGY TO SURVIVORS FOR ITS PART IN THE SIXTIES SCOOP

(Ottawa, ON) January 11, 2019 – The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) was heartened to hear that Premier Scott Moe made a formal apology to Survivors of the Sixties Scoop in Saskatchewan earlier this week.

“January 7, 2019 will go down in history as the Premier has issued an Apology to all the Survivors of the Sixties Scoop in Saskatchewan. The Apology is long overdue and is only the first step in moving Reconciliation forward for all the Indigenous Peoples in Saskatchewan, and across Turtle Island,” said Adam North Peigan, Board Member of the LHF and President of the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta.

Between the early 1950s to the late 1980s, thousands of Indigenous children were “scooped up” and taken away by the State from their families and communities and placed into foster or adoptive non-Indigenous homes, usually far away from all of their relatives. This practice which is commonly referred to as the “Sixties Scoop” resulted in the loss of Indigenous culture, history, identity, language, and for many led to loneliness, low self-worth, lack of identity, mental health issues, addictions, suicide, homelessness, incarceration and poor health outcomes.

“Although an Apology is symbolic and may often be required by law as part of a Settlement Agreement, my hope is that it will lead to positive commitments and concrete actions that do make a difference in the lives of those impacted,” said Teresa Edwards, Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel at the LHF.

She continued, “The Millennium Scoop is a term used to describe the many children who continue to be apprehended by the Child Welfare System for reasons linked to poverty, racism and the imposition of another’s values on Indigenous Peoples. Governments need to ensure that we have learned from past mistakes and that we work together to prevent future crises from happening.”

The LHF applauds the efforts made today by the Saskatchewan Government in righting the wrongs and in demonstrating their commitment to Reconciliation moving forward and hopes others governments will follow in their footsteps.

About the Legacy of Hope Foundation:

The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is a national Indigenous charitable organization whose purposes are to educate, raise awareness and understanding of the impacts of Residential Schools, including the Sixties Scoop and the intergenerational harms caused to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples, and to support the ongoing healing process of Survivors. Fulfilling this mandate contributes towards Reconciliation among generations of Indigenous Peoples, and non-Indigenous people in Canada.

Media Contact Information:

Teresa Edwards

Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel

Legacy of Hope Foundation

Phone: 613-237-4806 Ext. 303

info@legacyofhope.ca

PRESS RELEASE – LEGACY OF HOPE FOUNDATION EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES FOR THE PASSING OF LESLEY PARLANE

(Ottawa, ON) November 27, 2018 – Today, the Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) joins the community in mourning the passing of Lesley Parlane, a young Indigenous woman, passionate artist and creative story-teller, whose life was cut short.

 President, Richard Kistabish, on behalf of the LHF Board of Directors, and the LHF Staff offer condolences to the family, friends, and community who knew and loved Lesley Parlane. “We offer our heartfelt prayers to Lesley’s family and friends, and to all those who were touched by her presence and involvement within the community,” he said, adding, “we at the LHF are privileged and honoured to have had the opportunity to work with Lesley, and we are grateful to her contribution and participation in our exhibition, Bi-Giwen: Coming Home – Truth Telling from the Sixties Scoop.”

Lesley Parlane passed on to the spirit world on Saturday, November 24, 2018 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Ms. Parlane (Dakota/Salteaux) was a member of Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, and was based in Ottawa, Ontario since 1998.

Lesley Parlane shared her life experiences as an Indigenous woman living in Canada. She spoke openly about being an inter-generational Survivor of the Residential School era, being a Sixties Scoop adoptee, and about her journey which involved reclaiming culture, making family connections, grieving her losses, as well as the importance of living a healthy life, practicing self-care and healing and recovery.

Teresa Edwards, LHF Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel stated that, “Ms. Parlane was an inspiration to many who knew her. Her dedication and participation in increasing awareness of many issues, including that of the Sixties Scoop will continue to educate people for years to come. Lesley was a very strong and powerful woman who wanted to share her stories so that others could gain an understanding and build empathy for the plight of Indigenous Peoples. She also supported and honoured the journey to rediscovery and healing, and the path ‘home’ for those taken from their families. She will be greatly missed.” added Ms. Edwards.

Beginning before the 1960’s, Indigenous children were taken from their families, often forcibly and fostered and/or adopted out to non-Indigenous homes often far away from their communities and some across the globe. This has now been termed the Sixties Scoop, and its ongoing impacts continue to be felt to this day.

Lesley Parlane is featured in the LHF exhibit entitled Bi-Giwen: Coming Home – Truth Telling from the Sixties Scoop, which explores the experiences of Survivors of the Sixties Scoop. Developed in partnership with the National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network, this innovative and challenging exhibition features the first-person testimonies of twelve Indigenous Survivors of the Sixties Scoop, and reflects upon their pain, loss but also enduring strength, courage and resilience.

Lesley Parlane’s interview for the Bi-Giwen project can be found here:

http://www.legacyofhope.ca/bigiwen/lesleyparlane.html

The Legacy of Hope Foundation is a national, charitable Indigenous organization whose purpose is to educate and create awareness and understanding about the history of Residential Schools, including the intergenerational impacts on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples, the Sixties Scoop and to continue to support the ongoing healing process of Indigenous Survivors.

For LHF materials see: www.legacyofhope.ca

For more information, please contact:

Teresa Edwards, Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel

Legacy of Hope Foundation

613-237-4806 ext. 303

info@legacyofhope.ca

PRESS RELEASE – NEW ONTARIO GOVERNMENT MAKES CUTS TO EDUCATION FOR RECONCILIATION 

July 10, 2018 (Ottawa, Ontario) – The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) Executive Director and In-House Counsel Teresa Edwards is profoundly disappointed with the new Ontario Government’s announcement that they have canceled curriculum development sessions on Indian Residential Schools and Reconciliation that were set to begin yesterday.

“For 18 years the Legacy of Hope Foundation has been producing materials to educate and raise awareness on the issues of the Canadian Residential School System and its ongoing impacts,” said Ms. Edwards, “We were hopeful that the summer curriculum development sessions would produce a new, Indigenous-inclusive curriculum so that all Ontario students could hear Indigenous voices and become familiar with our experiences, worldviews and learn about the true history of Indigenous Peoples in Ontario. This feels as though we are taking a huge step backwards.”

All summer curriculum writing has been cancelled by the new Ontario Government. This includes the writing and revisions of e-learning courses, and the revisions in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions 94 Calls to Action.  Last Friday, the curriculum writing team received word that the that the summer 2018 curriculum writing sessions were cancelled, including the writing sessions that were organized in order to strengthen the learning connected to Indigenous perspectives, cultures and, histories in Ontario.

“The summer writing sessions were intended to revise Ontario’s curriculum and would have seen the Ministry of Education working together with Teachers, Indigenous community members, Elders, and Educators to produce a curriculum that tells our true history based on facts that were previously excluded,” said Ms. Edwards. “This Government needs to reconsider cancelling efforts to bring Indigenous voice, perspective to all Ontario students in order to work toward Reconciliation.”

Despite this setback, the LHF will continue to build on opportunities and community connections to further shape Indigenous-inclusive curriculum in Ontario, on an ad hoc basis and throughout Canada with those who are willing. By sharing Indigenous voices, experiences, worldviews, and accurate history we hope to eradicate racism and build more respectful and just relationships between Indigenous Peoples and Canadians.

The Legacy of Hope Foundation is a national, not-for-profit, Indigenous-run charity founded in 2000. As a leader in educating the public and raising awareness of Canada’s Residential School System and its aftermath and acting as an agent of positive change, its work includes exhibitions, workshops, curricula, media and other resources that are available by contacting the LHF at info@legacyofhope.ca

For More Information, please contact:
Teresa Edwards, Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone: 613-237-4806 Ext. 303
info@legacyofhope.ca

Legacy of Hope Foundation acknowledges contributors to new exhibit to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Canada’s Apology to Residential School Survivors

(OTTAWA, ON) June 20, 2018 – The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) partnered with the Government of Canada to develop and launch a commemorative exhibit to mark the 10th year anniversary of Canada’s historic Apology to former Residential School students and their families. The commemorative exhibit, “Remembering, Honouring, and the Way Forward: 10 Years After the Residential School Apology” was launched on June 11, 2018 at the Museum of History and will be on public display at Parliament Hill during the Summer of 2018.

“This exciting and unique exhibit is designed to be interactive, featuring a hand-crafted metal basket that will hold messages of peace, hope, and Reconciliation from Canadians across Canada and from people worldwide,” stated Teresa Edwards, Executive Director and Legal Counsel for the Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF). “As part of this process we want to express our sincere gratitude and acknowledge all contributors to this project, including funding received from the Government of Canada.”

The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) would like to acknowledge and thank the following contributors to the new exhibit, “Remembering, Honouring, and the Way Forward: 10 Years After the Residential School Apology”:

  • Government of Canada Departments: Canadian Heritage and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs for funding the design and development of the exhibition
  • Rip Jones, Ladedo Visual Concepts for the complete fabrication of the exhibit
  • Phil Streets, Ladedo Visual Concepts for fabrication and graphic design
  • Kathryn Corbiere, ONE KWE Modern Fabrications for the design and hand crafted metal basket
  • Kane Dumont for his insight into the drum design concept
  • Scott MacMillian, SSM Logistics for providing shipping and exhibit installation support
  • Maxime Gingras, Julie Bourbeau, and Zoé Boirin-Fargues for translation services
  • Fred Cattroll, Cattroll Photo Associates Inc. for photography services
  • Volunteers, Carol-Ann Moses, and Thomas Moses

For More Information, please contact:
Teresa Edwards, Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Phone: 613-237-4806 Ext. 303
info@legacyofhope.ca

Press Release: Legacy of Hope Foundation and the Government of Canada unveil a Commemorative Exhibition to Honour Residential School Survivors and invite Canadians to join in the Reconciliation Movement

 (OTTAWA, ON) June 11, 2018 – The Legacy of Hope Foundation partnering with the Government of Canada will launch a commemorative exhibition to mark the 10th year anniversary of Canada’s historic Apology to former Residential School students and their families. The new exhibit is entitled “Remembering, Honouring, and the Way Forward: 10 Years After the Residential School Apology.”  The exhibition was developed to be interactive, featuring a hand-crafted basket that will hold messages of peace, hope, and Reconciliation from Canadians across Canada and from people worldwide.

“On June 11, 2008, then Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, issued a Statement of Apology on behalf of Canada regarding the Residential Schools. On that day, history was made and over the last 10 years we have been working together towards Reconciliation in many areas,” said Teresa Edwards, Executive Director and Legal Counsel for the Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF).

“Often times people will ask “why does there have to be an apology?” Without knowing, they have answered their own question. It means they likely don’t know about the horrific things that occurred to over five generations of Indigenous children, their families, communities, and Nations while at Government funded schools.  When the Government apologized, they accepted responsibility for what they did and what it caused and signaled to the rest of the country that this not only happened but that it was terribly wrong, and that we must learn from it, and behave differently going forward and build relationships based on respect, integrity and equality. We have been making advances, and we need to keep building on them – everyone has a role to play,” continued Teresa Edwards.

The Remembering, Honouring and the Way Forward exhibition will be on public display at Parliament Hill during the Summer of 2018. The public can also visit the Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) website at www.legacyofhope.ca to leave their own message of peace, hope, and reconciliation. Designed as a travelling exhibition, the exhibit will be first on display in the National Capital region before moving on to the Provincial and Territorial legislatures.

 The Legacy of Hope Foundation is a national, charitable Indigenous organization whose purpose is to educate and create awareness and understanding about the history of Residential Schools, including the intergenerational impacts on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples, families and communities and to continue to support the ongoing healing process of Residential School Survivors. For LHF materials see: www.legacyofhope.ca

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Media Contact Information:
Teresa Edwards
Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Ph: 613-237-4806 Ext. 303
info@legacyofhope.ca

Press Release: International Women’s Day 2018

(Ottawa, ON) March 8, 2018 – Today, the Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) joins the International community in celebrating and recognizing the vital role that women have in our communities and further marks International Women’s Day as an opportunity for Reconciliation in relation to Indigenous women and their rights.

March 8th- International Women’s Day is a day in which the global community takes the time to remember the important role of women in our communities and to call for equality to advance women and human rights. The theme for 2018, #PressforProgress highlights the importance of staying motivated and builds on International momentum towards gender parity and the need for a paradigm shift.

“In the last year, movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have opened society’s eyes and challenged many people to be accountable, to be respectful and to consider what type of world we want to create,” stated Teresa Edwards, Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel, of the Legacy of Hope Foundation. In recognizing and acknowledging the diversity of the International community, Ms. Edwards further added, “As we have these conversations, it is important to remember, that we must concurrently work to eliminate racism and discrimination which continues to impact Indigenous women so that we are advancing rights for all women.”
In many Indigenous teachings and communities, women are highly valued as the life and caregivers. Women are the healers and leaders, and form the heartbeat of our Nations. The LHF calls on all Canadians to reflect upon what Reconciliation means to them as they advocate for, and celebrate women, and how they can ensure that they too honour Indigenous women.

About the Legacy of Hope Foundation:
The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is a national Indigenous charitable organization whose purposes are to educate, raise awareness and understanding of the impacts of Residential Schools, including the intergenerational harms caused to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples, and to support the ongoing healing process of Residential School Survivors. Fulfilling this mandate contributes towards Reconciliation among generations of Indigenous Peoples, and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.

Media Contact Information:
Teresa Edwards
Executive Director and In-House Legal Counsel
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Ph: 613-237-4806 Ext. 303
info@legacyofhope.ca

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L’interview avec Lesley Parlane pour le projet Bi-Giwen peut être visionnée ici :
http://www.legacyofhope.ca/bigiwen/lesleyparlane.html