The exhibit 100 Years of Loss, now available to view in the Diamond Family Courtyard at VGH, shares a great deal of information on the establishment and growth of the 139 Indian Residential schools in Canada and the eventual closures. There are many reasons for health care professionals to know about this history and the impacts such as disconnection from one's culture, language and family that attendance at these schools had on Indigenous people in Canada.
Why is this issue important to all Canadians? Why should it matter to those who didn't attend residential school?
IT MATTERS because the Residential School System is one of the major causes of the disproportionate levels of poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, and violence experienced by Indigenous Peoples – devastating conditions that are felt and experienced by our neighbours, friends, and community members.
IT MATTERS because Indigenous communities suffer levels of poverty, illness, and illiteracy comparable to those in developing nations in a country that is prosperous.
IT MATTERS because we share this land. We may not be responsible for what happened in the past, but all non-Indigenous people benefit from what First Nations, Inuit, and Metis have had to relinquish. We are responsible for our actions today and for addressing racism that continues today. **
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Explore with us and win: The Scavenger Hunt, created by the Legacy of Hope Foundation, consists of questions designed to engage and to encourage closer examination of the content in 100 Years of Loss.
Please download and print the Scavenger Hunt questionnaire and fill in the answers by locating the information in the exhibit.
You can scan and email the completed forms to us at firstname.lastname@example.org OR drop off the completed forms with your name and email address at the CIBC Patient and Family Centre attention to the Aboriginal Patient Navigators. Everyone who completes the Scavenger Hunt will have their name put in the draw for the gift card.
The winner will be drawn on June 28.