by Vanessa Nevin - Sr Policy Analyst, APC

On May 31, 2012, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) announced 69 commemoration projects dedicated to commemoration the residential school experience across the country were allocated over $8.5M.

In the Atlantic region, four projects received funding: Aboriginal Survivors for Healing Inc. ($46,400), Mi’kmaq Association for Cultural Studies ($175K), MMMNC-Mawiw Council Inc. ($150K), and Shubenacadie Residential School Commemoration Project ($500K). Please note the Shubenacadie Residential School Commemoration Project is an initiative under the newly formed First Nations Centre of Balance and Resilience Association, a national non-profit organization based out of Indian Brook, NS.

Commemoration is a component of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement (IRSSA) that supports regional and national activities that honour, educate, remember and/or pay tribute to former Indian Residential School (IRS) students, their families and their communities.

A total of $20 million dollars has been identified for funding for Commemoration under the IRSSA. No additional funding will be allocated.

“Survivors of residential schools have been waiting a long time for this,” says Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). “When the work of the Commission is complete, we will ensure that the whole world hears the truth about residential schools, so that generations to come- Aboriginal and non ...

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