Residential schools missing children - community support funding
On August 10, 2021, the Government of Canada announced approximately $320 million in additional support for Indigenous-led, Survivor-centric and culturally sensitive initiatives and investments to help Indigenous communities respond to and heal from the ongoing impacts of residential schools:
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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action 74 to 76 sets out an approach to address missing children and burial sites of Indian Residential Schools. This funding is dedicated to:
- locating, documenting, maintaining and commemorating burial sites associated with former residential schools
- responding to family wishes to commemorate or memorialize their losses and the children's final resting places
Who can access funding
To access funding, you must be:
- Indigenous governments, band councils or tribal councils, or its delegated authorities
- Indigenous not-for-profit organization or group
- organizations, including Survivor groups, demonstrating a close working partnership with and directed by Indigenous-governed organizations
As children from multiple home communities attended the same residential school, groups coming together with joint proposals for individual Indian Residential Schools, where appropriate, are encouraged to reduce duplication of work.
How to access funding
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada recognizes that these initiatives must be flexible and responsive to the broad range of community needs, realities and priorities.
Please contact the department for eligible expenditures and send a completed Residential Schools Missing Children – Community Support Funding form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To access support for the demolition or rehabilitation of residential school buildings, or the construction of new facilities on reserve so that activities currently taking place in these buildings can continue, communities should contact email@example.com. More details about how to apply for the new funding will be provided on this webpage when available.
To access funding, the work must include activities related to an Indian Residential Schools listed in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement such as:
- local research, engagement and knowledge gathering:
- engaging partners and other home communities to develop an inclusive approach to locating missing children and their burial sites at a specific residential school
- gathering local knowledge or conducting local research about missing children and the location of burials at a specific residential school
- developing plans and proposals for unmarked or known cemeteries and burials at a specific residential school
- memorialization or commemoration:
- identifying burial site memorialization initiatives including installation or restoration of grave markers, landscaping, placement of small monuments or other activities (such as healing gardens and places for contemplation)
- organizing commemorative events for cemeteries, unmarked graves left undisturbed and honouring Survivors
- bringing children home:
- identifying potential burial locations by conducting field surveys and/or archaeological investigations
- engaging with other affected communities leading to develop an inclusive approach for the identification of individual remains and their potential relocation
- holding on-site ceremonies and other activities before/during/after field work is conducted according to cultural protocols (such as community feasts, healing circles)
If the activities contemplated by your organization are not eligible for this funding, we will attempt to identify relevant available resources as part of our analysis, with a view to offering a single window for accessing support.
Residential Schools Missing Children – Community Support Funding
The funding is provided in the form of a contribution.
A contribution is a conditional payment issued for a specific purpose, as outlined in a funding agreement. The funding agreement is signed by all parties and specifies the terms to receive funding.
Resolution & Partnerships, Settlement Agreement & Childhood Claims Branch
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Disclosure of information
Funding requests are subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. The information you submit in your application may be disclosed in accordance with these acts.
By submitting your activities information, you authorize us to disclose any information submitted with this form within the Government of Canada or to outside entities for the following purposes:
- to reach a decision
- to support transparency, accountability and citizen engagement
Mental health support
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all Indigenous peoples across Canada, by telephone and by online chat.
The Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program provides mental health, emotional and cultural support services to eligible former Indian residential school students and their families.