June 17, 2020
Residential Schools Land Memory Atlas
Carleton University’s Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre, working with its partners, will launch the Residential Schools Land Memory Atlas (RSLMA) on June 21, 2020 National Indigenous Peoples Day. The RSLMA identifies residential schools from across the country and contributes to the knowledge relating to these schools, their sites and the perspectives of survivors. Its images and maps incorporate both archival and experience-based knowledge of the schools and their sites.
The Cybercartographic atlas is different from a traditional atlas. It uses location as an integrating mechanism for all kinds of information in multimedia formats, using the innovative Nunaliit— meaning community in Inuktitut—open source software framework, developed by the GCRC team in co-operation with many Indigenous, national and international organizations and individuals.
The atlas is the culmination of five years of research supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
October 16, 2019
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.
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.
September 30, 2019
National Student Memorial Register
CTV News – 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.
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