Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada

March 30, 2005 07:00 ET

The Aboriginal Healing Foundation, Legacy of Hope Foundation, Library and Archives Canada and Donna Cona launch the www.wherearethechildren.ca and www.lesenfantsdevenus.ca website


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FOR: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA

MARCH 30, 2005 - 07:00 ET

The Aboriginal Healing Foundation, Legacy of Hope
Foundation, Library and Archives Canada and Donna Cona
launch the www.wherearethechildren.ca and
www.lesenfantsdevenus.ca website

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 30, 2005) - Today, the website
Where are the Children? was launched live at 10:00 a.m. EST, at Library
and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON.

Co-produced by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, Legacy of Hope
Foundation, Library and Archives Canada and Donna Cona, the website is a
step towards creating awareness of the affects of the residential school
system on First Nations, Metis and Inuit children who attended the
schools from 1831 to 1996.

The Legacy of Hope Foundation was created to help address the
far-reaching effects of the physical and sexual abuse in residential
schools. To educate and raise awareness surrounding the residential
school experience, an exhibition was developed consisting of 150 photos
dated 1885 to 1960 and accompanied by documents such as maps, classroom
textbooks and governmental documents. This exhibition is contributing to
the healing process by initiating dialogue among Aboriginal people in
urban and rural communities and with the general public across Canada.
It is now joined by the online virtual exhibition.

"The collection is a valuable contribution to the understanding of
Canadian Aboriginal history and experience," said Mike DeGagne,
Executive Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. "The
intergenerational effects of the residential schools are still being
experienced today. By understanding how the past affected the lives of
Aboriginal people, we can reinforce Aboriginal healing and
reconciliation with other Canadians."

"Library and Archives Canada ensures that knowledge about this
country-its history, its people-is available to inform and educate,"
says Ian E. Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada. "This website is
yet another example of how we can work together to share the stories of
Canada's past with an ever-increasing audience."

We encourage all Canadians to join us online at
www.wherearethechildren.ca. Funding for the website was received from
Canadian Heritage, Canadian Culture On-line Partnerships Fund.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    The Legacy of Hope Foundation
    Angie Bruce
    Development Manager
    (613) 612-0339
    or
    Aboriginal Healing Foundation
    Miles Morrisseau
    Director of Communications
    (613) 237-4441, ext. 479
    1-888-725-8886 ext. 479 (toll-free)