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Indigenous Awareness at OLMC

This month the intermediate students at OLMC will be exploring and bringing awareness to the Canadian Residential School system that plagued our country from the late 1800s to the late 1900s. As part of our studies we have introduced the school to the Territorial Land Acknowledgement which recognizes "that we are currently on the traditional territory shared between the Haudenosaunee (ho - din - oh - show - knee) confederacy and the Anishinabe (ah - nih - shih - nah - bai) nations, which was acknowledged in the Dish with One Spoon wampum belt. "

Residential Schools, as we have discovered through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, have left a mark on Canada. The intermediates hope to share this with the school so we can learn from our past and move forward together. The charity we have teamed up with is the "Save the Evidence" campaign. The Campaign is operated by the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford. This school was in operation for 142 years.

As one of only a handful of residential school buildings left still standing in Canada, the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School is a physical reminder of the legacy of assimilation imposed upon First Nations children in Canada. More than 15,000 people visit the Mohawk Institute, as part of the Woodland Cultural Centre, every year. Visitors come to see not only what was once the longest-running residential school in Canada, but to experience the stories the building holds.

In 2013, major roof leaks caused significant and costly damage to the building. With such large costs to repair the building, the Woodland Cultural Centre conducted several Community Consultations to gauge the level of support from the community. The results were overwhelming, with more than 98% in support of the restoration of the Mohawk Institute. The Save The Evidence fundraising campaign was launched in response. Its goal is to raise the necessary funds for repairs and renovations to ensure the physical evidence of the dark history of Residential Schools in Canada is never forgotten.

The Intermediates will be hosting a bake sale to to help raise money to support this campaign. This bake sale will take place on Friday, April 26, 2019. We hope to raise awareness while helping to save the evidence.

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Indigenous Awareness at OLMC