Canada supports missing children from the Sagkeeng First Nation Residential School Initiative

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SAGKEENG FIRST NATION, MB, May 4, 2022 / CNW / – Crown-Indigenous Relations e Northern Canada

The discovery of anonymous graves at the sites of former residential schools across Canada is a tragic reminder of the mistreatment of Aboriginal children at these institutions. The Government of Canada is working with survivors, as well as affected indigenous leaders, families and communities, through efforts to address the historical wrongs and enduring physical, emotional, mental and spiritual damage associated with the legacy left by the boarding schools. Part of this work includes efforts to locate and commemorate missing children who attended residential schools, as well as responding to calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 72-76.

Sagkeeng First Nation has undertaken work related to the residential school of Fort Alessandro (Pine falls) and looking for possible burial sites located on the ground. This community initiative involved the collection of knowledge from the Elders. Field survey work in areas related to the school’s location has been ongoing since July 2021. This work has brought together, for ceremonial purposes, representatives of over 30 communities that have been affected by the colleges.

Today the boss Derrick Hendersonof the First Nation Sagkeeng, and the Honorable Marco MillerMinister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced a grant of $ 610,093 through the Indian Residential School Missing Children Funding Program to support First Sagkeeng Nation’s use of ground-penetrating radar at the residential school site Fort Alessandro. This funding will help with archival research, mental health and wellbeing support, and remembrance efforts for missing children who attended residential school.

Addressing the damage suffered by survivors, their families and communities is at the heart of reconciliation and is essential for renewing and building relationships with indigenous peoples, governments and all Canadians.


“With the extensive research going on at the sites of former residential schools, it is important that Sagkeeng do what our members have asked us to do: research these places and end the problem of ‘missing children’ once we have the results. “

Boss Derrick Henderson
Sagkeeng First Nation

“We recognize Sagkeeng First Nation’s leadership in undertaking the important work of locating and commemorating the children’s cemeteries of the former residential school of Fort Alessandro. As we continue to repair the damage done and uncover the truth, we will support survivors, families and the Sagkeeng First Nation community as they work towards healing with the goal of turning the page on these experiences. “

the honorable Marco Miller
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

The facts in brief

  • The Sagkeeng First Nation is a community of the Treaty 1 and Treaty 3 First Nation and is made up of Anicinabe people who have resided on or near Alexander Reserve 3 along the Winnipeg and Baia di Traversa. Sagkeeng First Nation has a population of approximately 7,637, of which 3,352 live in the reserve.
  • Starting in 2021-22, the Government of Canada is providing $ 610,093 in support of the Sagkeeng First Nation through the Community Assistance Funding Program for Missing Children of Indian Residential Schools: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Business governmental. Northern Canada.
  • On August 10, 2021, the Government of Canada announced approximately $ 320 million in additional support for indigenous-led, survivor-centric and culturally appropriate initiatives and investments to help indigenous communities address and treat the ongoing impact of residential schools. , including $ 83 million in additional investments to fund community support for missing children from residential schools. This $ 83 million is on top of the $ 33.8 million announced in the 2019 Budget, for a total investment of $ 116.8 million to respond to the Truth Commission 72-76 calls to action and reconciliation.
  • The Indian Residential Schools Resolution Helpline provides support for alumni in residential schools. Day or night, they can access emotional support and crisis referral services by calling 1-866-925-4419.
  • The Hope for Wellness Helpline is also available to Aborigines by phone, at 1-855-242-3310 or via instant messaging on their website.

Related links

Sagkeeng First Nation
Missing Residential School Children – Funding for Community Aid
Government of Canada strengthens support for indigenous communities to address and heal the continuing legacy of residential schools
Health Support Program: Resolution of Indian Residential Schools
Missing children and burial information

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SOURCE Crown-Indigenous Relations e Northern Canada

For further information: the media can contact: Justine Leblanc, Press Officer, Office of the Honorable Marc Miller, Minister for Relations between the Crown and the Indigenous, [email protected] ; Media Relations, Crown-Indigenous Relations, and Northern Canadian Affairs, 819-934-2303, [email protected] ; Chief Derrick Henderson, Sagkeeng First Nation, [email protected]

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