To Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Board of Directors, Sixties Scoop Survivors, Families and Descendants.
On Tuesday, June 14th, 2022, and one week prior to National Indigenous Peoples Day, I visited The Mohawk Institute which was a Residential School near the Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario.
The Mohawk Institute opened in 1831 with absolutely no respect, recognition nor regard to Indigenous Children's health, well-being, and welfare.
Indigenous Children suffered multiple losses including loss of their identities, relations, connections, languages, culture and in many cases, loss of their lives. This Residential School did not close until 1970.
Similar to Kamloops, British Columbia and across Canada, the Six Nations of Grand River have started the painstaking task of utilizing ground penetrating radar near the Mohawk Institute to identify Indigenous lost and unmarked graves.
With my host organizations of Capacity Canada and the Family and Children's Services of the Waterloo Region Services, we offered Tobacco at the Mohawk Institute in Commemoration of our Lost Children.
This area also has a powerful Circle of Commemoration with hundreds of pairs of infants', toddlers', children's, youth's and loved ones' moccasins, shoes and Ceremonial and Sacred items.
On this National Indigenous Day, lest we forget.
All my Relations,
Dr. Jacqueline Marie Maurice
Chief Executive Officer
Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation
July 18, 2022
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