News Release

Chiefs of Ontario

Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald, together with Ontario First Nation leaders, acknowledges the provincial government’s commitment made today to search the grounds of all former residential schools across Ontario as part of the ongoing journey of reconciliation.

Ontario Indigenous Affairs Minister, Greg Rickford and Ontario Premier Doug Ford promised yesterday that the provincial government would take action to search the grounds of former residential schools.

“I’m grateful the Ontario government is answering my call and the call of all Chiefs in Ontario to provide funding and work in a respectful manner with local leadership and Knowledge Keepers to search the grounds of all former Residential School sites in Ontario. Our little ones need to be found, named, and where possible, returned to their families and communities. Memorial sites must go up across Ontario to remind us that we can never let this happen to our children again, ever. Thank you, Premier Ford and Minister Rickford, for joining us and supporting us in this healing journey.” 

Residential School Facts

  • Canada's Indian Residential School system lasted more than 150 years, with the last school closing its doors in 1996.
  • There are 139 identified residential school sites scattered across the country
  • 150,000 Indigenous children across Canada were forced to leave their families to attend these schools, some as young as three years old. 

About Chiefs of Ontario

The Chiefs of Ontario is a political forum and a secretariat for collective decision-making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nation communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario, Canada. Follow Chiefs of Ontario on Facebook or Twitter @ChiefsOfOntario. 

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