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National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Why?
Sept. 30, 2019 – The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation revealed the names of 2,800 children who died in residential schools in a ceremony in Gatineau, Quebec. A 50-metre long blood red cloth bearing the names of each child and the schools they attended was unfurled and carried through a crowd of Indigenous children, elders and chiefs, residential school survivors and others. 
Comment
Ry Moran NCTR Director, says an additional 1,600 also died but remain unnamed. There were also many hundred who simply vanished, undocumented in any records so far uncovered. (Toronto Star). In total, 4,037 Indigenous children are listed in the Memorial Register:
* 1,953 – positively identified
* 365 – names added to memorial register after additional investigation
* 477 – under investigation
* 1,242 – known to have passed away but whose names are not yet known

Maamiikwendan: Remembering Residential Schools & Cemeteries as Indigenous Sites of Conscience

Why?
Presented by National Indigenous Residential School Museum of Canada, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and National Trust for Canada. Maamiikwendan aims to connect Indigenous groups and other organizations actively working to preserve Indigenous sites of conscience, and to open up participation to interested NGOs, faith groups, government representatives, and National Trust conference delegates. This event will create a space for dialogue, learning, and networking among groups who are doing similar work in their respective communities. Discussions will highlight challenges, solutions, cultural considerations, and best practices.
Comment
Maamiikwendan will create the groundwork for an Indigenous network of groups working on commemorating and researching Indian Residential Schools and Cemeteries. It will strengthen community connections and accelerate dialogue, not only among community groups, but for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, National Trust, governments, church groups, and all others playing important roles in the TRC’s Calls to Action. 

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