In the late 1800’s, the Department of Indian Affairs and various churches took approximately 24,000 children from their homes to attend residential schools. The desired government outcome was to teach Aboriginal children to become self-sustaining members of the non-Aboriginal community.
Nearly 50% of the students that went to these Indian Residential Schools never returned to their homes.
Statement of Apology – June 11, 2008
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper issue a Statement of Apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools. “The government now recognizes that the consequences of the Indian Residential Schools policy were profoundly negative and that this policy has had a lasting and damaging impact on Aboriginal culture, heritage and language. The legacy of Indian Residential Schools has contributed to social problems that continue to exist in many communities today.”
Treaty #3 is mandated to support claimants throughout the Independent Assessment Process (I.A.P) as well as to provide support and services through awareness of traditional teachings in respect to re-building its families and communities. Healing became an initiative as a result of the Indian Residential School legacy.
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The IRS program presently consists of a Cultural Coordinator, 2 IRS Support Workers and an Indian Day School Support Worker. You may find their contact info under the Staff Directory.
You can contact us at 1-800-665-3384 or 807-548-4214.