Aboriginal Healing Foundation (AHF)
An Aboriginal-managed, national, Ottawa-based, not-for-profit private corporation established in 1998 and provided with funding by the federal government of Canada as part of Gathering Strength — Canada’s Aboriginal Action Plan. The Aboriginal Healing Foundation was given a mandate to encourage and support, through research and funding contributions, community-based Aboriginal directed healing initiatives which address the legacy of physical and sexual abuse suffered in Canada’s Indian Residential School System, including inter-generational impacts. The AHF will cease operations in September 2014.
A Message from Georges Erasmus, Chairman
Having been asked to provide some introductory words for Where are the Children? – Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools, I reflected upon the meaning of such an undertaking. What did an exhibition of this type represent?
The project was launched at the National Archives of Canada. Dedicated to the service of the nation’s identity, the Archives gathers what has been as an endowment to what will be. Because no legacy is enriched by counterfeit, this project represented an attempt to tell the true
and painful story of a national institution committed, not to the preservation of a people, but to their forced assimilation.
Where are the Children? acknowledges that the era of silence is over. The resilience of Aboriginal people is evident in efforts to address the effects of unresolved trauma, thereby conferring upon future generations a renewed legacy of peace, strength, and well-being.
The exhibition has meant, and will mean, many things to many people.
Those who are Survivors of Indian residential school trauma will have painful recollections. Some have begun their healing, others are yet to begin. I acknowledge their strength – their determination to face the truth and to end the cycle of abuse. People of courage are the wealth of our nations. May this exhibit contribute to their healing.
Some will for the first time see what Survivors of residential school abuse have never forgotten: the face of a child whose identity is a number, whose culture is forbidden, and whose future is an institutional experiment. May this exhibit provision a greater understanding.
Meanwhile, the healing will continue. We will look beyond mere survival, toward the renewal of nations and the reconciliation of peoples.
I thank the Survivors of residential school abuse who today are enriching both the present and future state of Aboriginal communities.
For their support, I thank also the National Archives, the National Library of Canada, Health Canada, and the Office of Indian Residential Schools Resolution of Canada.
Library and Archives Canada
Library and Archives Canada preserves and makes accessible the documentary heritage of Canada. It also serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions. This heritage includes publications, archival records, sound and audio-visual materials, photographs, artworks, and electronic documents.
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) combines the holdings, services and staff of both the former National Library of Canada and the National Archives of Canada. As outlined in the Preamble to the Library and Archives of Canada Act, LAC’s mandate is as follows:
• to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations;
• to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada as a free and democratic society;
• to facilitate in Canada co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge;
• to serve as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)
AANDC supports Aboriginal people (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and Northerners in their efforts to:
• improve social well-being and economic prosperity;
• develop healthier, more sustainable communities; and
• participate more fully in Canada’s political, social and economic development – to the benefit of all Canadians.
AANDC is one of the federal government departments responsible for meeting the Government of Canada’s obligations and commitments to First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and for fulfilling the federal government’s constitutional responsibilities in the North. AANDC’s responsibilities are largely determined by numerous statutes, negotiated agreements and relevant legal decisions. Most of the Department’s programs, representing a majority of its spending – are delivered through partnerships with Aboriginal communities and federal-provincial or federal-territorial agreements. AANDC also works with urban Aboriginal people, Métis and Non-Status Indians (many of whom live in rural areas).
The Department of Canadian Heritage delivers policies and programs related to broadcasting and interactive media, arts and cultural industries, heritage objects and spaces, official languages, citizenship participation and identity, human rights, Aboriginal Peoples, youth and sport initiatives, as well as national ceremonies and symbols.
The Canadian Heritage Portfolio includes the Department and major national cultural institutions. Together, they promote culture, the arts, heritage, official languages, citizenship and participation as well as Aboriginal, youth and sport initiatives.
As a leading edge graphic design and communications firm, NATION merges traditional Aboriginal ways and beliefs with new media solutions. This in turn allows a powerful synthesis of creative design and invaluable customer service. Through its First Peoples Group, NATION also provides community based Aboriginal knowledge and outstanding management consulting through a strong team from each community.
Established in 1996, Donna Cona has emerged as Canada’s leading Aboriginal Business and Technology Solutions company. As a full service firm, it provides its clients with sound business and technology advice, as well as comprehensive solutions tailored to their specific needs. They serve clients with business planning; IT strategic planning; historical research services; telehealth; program evaluation; custom application system development; technology architecture planning and implementation; computer operations and help desk support.
Isite Technologies Corporation creates 3D websites. This world leader in Internet software development enables real-time, interactive 3D web navigation and visualization of real-world environments. Just as important as 3D visualization, isite software allows for information and content to be plugged in for a greater, richer web experience. Isite’s software works seamlessly with all forms of multimedia and becomes the attractive hook to encourage visitors to learn and have fun.