Canada supports Lac Seul First Nation to undertake research and commemoration activities around the site of the former Pelican Lake residential school

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Please call the National Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419 if you or someone you know is triggered by reading this.

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LAKE SEUL FIRST NATIONTREATY #3 REGION, NORTHWESTERN ONTARIO, December 16, 2021 /CNW/ – The location of unmarked graves at former residential school sites across Canada is a tragic reminder of the abuses that many Indigenous peoples have suffered. The government of Canada works with survivors, Indigenous leaders, and affected families and communities in efforts to address historical wrongs and the lasting physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual damage associated with the legacy of residential schools.

Lake Alone First Nation will engage with 33 Northern affiliates Ontario communities to establish cultural and spiritual protocols by working with Survivors, Intergenerational Survivors, Knowledge Keepers and leaders to address the location, documentation, mapping, maintenance and commemoration/memorialization of associated burial sites at the former Pelican Lake Indian Residential School. Today, boss Clifford Bull of the Lac Seul First Nation, Ontarioand the Honorable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced funding for $1 million in 2021-2022 for Lac Seul First Nation to support this important work.

This community-led process will allow Lac Seul First Nation to undertake this work in its own way and at its own pace.

Addressing the abuse suffered by survivors, their families and communities is at the heart of reconciliation and is essential to renewing and rebuilding relationships with Indigenous peoples, governments and all Canadians. The government of Canada remains steadfast in its commitment to addressing the legacy of residential schools, and this will continue to be a priority as we walk the common path of reconciliation.


“Lac Seul and its partners are very pleased with the positive outcome of the proposal. The Bringing Our Children Home initiative has received funding from Canadaand this funding will support positive relationships across our region to bring an end to missing children who never returned home. »

Chief Clifford Bull,
Lake Alone First Nation

“We will be there to help communities like Lac Seul First Nation research what happened at former residential schools, including Pelican Lake Residential School. Our thoughts are with the Indigenous children who never returned home, survivors, families and communities as they embark on this difficult journey, mourn and heal.”

The Honorable Marc Miller
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

Fast facts

  • At August 10, 2021the government of Canada announced about $320 million additional support for Indigenous-led, survivor-centered, and culturally-informed initiatives and investments to help Indigenous communities respond to and heal from the ongoing effects of residential schools. This completes the $33.8 million announced in Budget 2019 in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action 72 to 76.
  • A National Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available to provide support to former residential school students who can access emotional counseling and crisis services by calling the 24-hour National Crisis Line at 1-866-925 -4419.
  • The Hope for Wellness Helpline is also available at 1-855-242-3310 or through the online chat feature on their website.

Related links

Missing Children from Residential Schools – Community Support Funding
Government of Canada improves support for Indigenous communities to respond to and recover from the ongoing impacts of residential schools –
Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program
Missing Children and Burial Information – Calls to Action 72-76

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SOURCE Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

For further information: Renelle Arsenault, Director of Communications, Office of the Honorable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, [email protected]; Media Relations, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, 819-934-2302, [email protected]; James Cutfeet, Director of Communications Branch, Lac Seul First Nation, 807-738-4916, [email protected]

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