We call upon the federal government to work with the churches and Aboriginal community leaders to inform the families of children who died at residential schools of the child’s burial location, and to respond to families’ wishes for appropriate commemoration ceremonies and markers, and reburial in home communities where requested.

Indigenous Watchdog Status Update

Current StatusAug. 17, 2020NOT STARTED
Previous StatusJune 15, 2020NOT STARTED

Why “Not Started”?

The government has been stating for almost two years that they in “discussions with various partners, internal and external to the federal government, towards collaborating on an engagement strategy”. Yet, there are no specifics identifying what the government is doing, with whom, by when, with what budget and with what expected – and realistic – outcomes.

Official Federal Government Response: Sept. 5, 2019

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada has begun discussions with various partners, internal and external to the federal government, towards collaborating on an engagement strategy to gain a better understanding of the range of Indigenous family and community needs and interests and about how best to move forward in a comprehensive manner on all of the calls to actions regarding children who died or went missing while attending Indian residential schools (Calls to Action 72 to 76).