Category Archives: Indigenous

Catholic archdiocese digitizes Alberta residential school photos

The Catholic Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan, with funding from Library and Archives Canada’s Documentary Heritage Communities Program, has digitized and uploaded to its website almost 3,000 photos pertaining to life on the residential schools in northwestern Alberta. The photos are organized … Continue reading

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United Church of Canada to fund identification of unmarked Indigenous graves

The United Church of Canada is making funds available to support the work of Indigenous communities in the identification of unmarked graves, knowledge gathering, and ceremony to honour the children who died in its care at 15 residential schools.  It is also … Continue reading

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Canadian Historical Association concerned about Catholic Church’s removal of residential school records to Rome

In an open letter sent yesterday to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Historical Association called on the federal government to ensure that historical records of Indian Residential Schools, held by the government, archival institutions, and religious institutions be fully … Continue reading

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Indigenous family history research and a new $18 million cultural centre at Algoma University

Last week Jenna Lemay delivered an excellent presentation on How to Research Indigenous Ancestors in Northern Ontario, hosted by the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC) within Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. In the webinar, Ms. Lemay, who is … Continue reading

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Call for design for new Métis Nation Heritage Centre

The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) invites all Canadians to become a part of Métis Nation history and join its “Journey in the Heart of the Homeland Idea Competition” to design the future home of the Métis Nation Heritage Centre. For … Continue reading

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Video recap of news conference about future Metis Nation Heritage Centre

The Manitoba Metis Federation has put together a four-minute video of the private news conference held on May 12 to celebrate the sale of Winnipeg’s historic Bank of Montreal building at Portage and Main that will be the future Metis … Continue reading

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Historic Bank of Montreal building in Winnipeg to become Métis Nation Heritage Centre

Yesterday, Manitoba celebrated its 150th anniversary and marked the Manitoba Métis becoming Canada’s negotiating partner in Confederation and Founder of Manitoba. Led by Louis Riel, the Métis became the first and only Indigenous people in the country to create a province. As part of the celebration, BMO Financial … Continue reading

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Names of children who died in residential schools released: Now to find their graves and collect their stories

At a ceremony yesterday in Gatineau, Quebec, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation released the names of 2,800 Indigenous children who died in residential schools. A 50-metre-long, blood-red cloth bearing the names of each child and the schools they … Continue reading

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Royal BC Museum launches $500K grant to repatriate First Nations artifacts, ancestral remains

The Royal BC Museum announced a $500,000 grant earlier this month to help First Nations communities recover cultural artifacts, ancestral remains and burial items, as well as intangible cultural heritage like songs, stories and language recordings from museums. Some of … Continue reading

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Canadiana launches online database of Aboriginal soldiers

April has been a good month for genealogists researching their Canadian ancestors with several new or expanded online databases, and here is another one. The following is the release Canadiana.org issued yesterday. OTTAWA, ON, April 26, 2016 — The World … Continue reading

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