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

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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