Assiniboia Residential School Exhibit
As the City of Winnipeg continues on the Journey of Reconciliation, so do the efforts of carrying out initiatives and projects stemming from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the City’s commitment to educate its public service on the legacy of the Residential School era which also includes knowledge of local history.
On June 4, 2018, the City of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Relations unveiled a 9 panel exhibit that will inform and educate employees and the public on the Assiniboia Residential School. The unveiling included an Opening Prayer, greetings from Mayor Brian Bowman and CAO Doug McNeil and remarks from Guest Speaker Ted Fontaine from the Assiniboia Residential School Governing Council.
The Assiniboia Residential School Exhibit will be available for viewing until the end of August 2018 at the Main Floor, 510 Main Street at City Hall. Another exhibit will be located at the Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street throughout June and July.
This project was made possible with the support of City of Winnipeg Archives, Planning, Property and Development and the Winnipeg Public Library. Special acknowledgements to Assiniboia Residential School Survivors graduates, and the Assiniboia Residential School Governing Council for all of their knowledge and for sharing their stories with us.
There were 17 federally funded Indian Residential Schools in Manitoba which included one location in Winnipeg known as the Assiniboia Indian Residential School. Federally funded and operated by the Grey Nuns and Oblate Fathers, the Assiniboia Indian Residential School was part of the federal government’s educational system under the Indian Act which operated from 1958 until June 1973. The school still stands today and now functions as the Canadian Centre for Child Protection including Child Find Manitoba, the official address is 615 Academy Road of River Heights.
In addition to an ongoing commitment to the Journey to Reconciliation, the following are some of the initiatives the City is currently working on visit http://www.winnipeg.ca/indigenous/reconciliation/