We call upon provincial and territorial governments, in collaboration with Survivors and their organizations, and other parties to the Settlement Agreement, to commission and install a publicly accessible, highly visible, Residential Schools Monument in each capital city to honour Survivors and all the children who were lost to their families and communities.
Indigenous Watchdog Status Update
|Current Status||Oct. 4, 2021||IN PROGRESS|
|Previous Status||Sept. 5, 2021||IN PROGRESS|
Why “In Progress”?
Winnipeg already has a monument in place near the Canadian Museum for Human Rights while others are in currently in process in Toronto and Edmonton. On Jan. 27, 2021 Saskatchewan announced plans to build a Residential School monument at Government House in Regina.
Provincial & Territorial Residential School Monument
A city “exploratory committee” received $200,000 in municipal funding to start the process in 2014, Funds were allocated before the commission released its final report. The committee still needs to discuss details such as site location, artistic form, budget and timeline. (Edmonton Journal)
July 12, 2017 – City officials announced that a public memorial will be built in Edmonton (Edmonton Journal)
Aug. 26, 2021: APTN – Plans are underway to create a permanent memorial for victims of Canada’s residential schools to replace a fire-damaged one that includes hundreds of children’s shoes on the steps of Calgary City Hall. The temporary memorial, which also has stuffed animals and a child’s bicycle, was blessed by Indigenous elders in a pipe ceremony Thursday. The city and Calgary’s Indigenous and Métis communities have committed to work towards building a permanent marker to remember the children who died in the schools
Jan.27, 2021 – Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty and Premier Scott Moe announced plans to construct a permanent, public monument at Government House in Regina to honour those who suffered, and those who continue to suffer, the impact of the residential school system. Minister Responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission Don McMorris said. “It is a fitting location for a memorial that will act to increase awareness of our province’s history and offer ongoing educational opportunities for students, as well as the general public.”
May 26, 2014 – A monument to honour those who attended residential schools in Canada was unveiled on Monday near the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg (CBC)
Oct. 9-11, 2018: Grand Opening – The Indian Residential School Survivors (IRSS) Legacy ‘Restoration of Identity” project recreates the Turtle, symbolic of Mother Earth, acknowledges former IRS students, their Nations and Clans and roots them back to their rightful place in creation. The Turtle climbing over a boulder structure (listing residential schools in Ontario) is intended to remind ALL of the struggle experienced by Residential School Survivors and to demonstrate continued recovery.
The memorial will be located at Nathan Phillips Square at City Hall in downtown Toronto. The celebration aims to create awareness of the IRSS Legacy Project, led by Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre in collaboration with the City of Toronto. The project, to be permanently featured on Nathan Phillips Square, is anticipated to be completed in 2022. This public space initiative will consist of a 6-foot (two metre) turtle sculpture called the “Restoration of Identity sculpture” and a “Teaching, Learning and Sharing and Healing space”.
Church Commitments to Residential School Monuments
Dec. 2016 – The United Church would collaborate in any such initiative by a province or territory.
Anglican Church of Canada
June 20, 2017– “I feel bound to draw the attention of all Canadians to a number of those Calls, to deepen our understanding of them, to recommit ourselves to the work they call for, and to pray in hope for the healing and reconciliation to which they aspire.
#81 and #82 – call for the erection of a “Residential Schools Monument” in the nation’s capital and in each provincial capital “to honour Survivors and all the children who were lost to their families and communities”.
Archbishop Fred Hiltz Beyond #Canada150: A Statement from the Primate on National Aboriginal Day 2017
Official Federal Government Response: Sept.
The Government of Canada is not the lead on a response for Call to Action 82.