Learn more about residential schools in Canada, reconciliation efforts, and the rich cultures and histories of Indigenous Peoples.
A National Crime: The Residential School Experience in Canada exhibit
The Legacy of Hope Foundation, opens a new window is a national, Indigenous-led, charitable organization that has been working to promote healing and Reconciliation in Canada for over 20 years. Markham Public Library (MPL) has partnered with Legacy of Hope Foundation to bring A National Crime: The Residential School Experience in Canada exhibition to our branches. This exhibition explores the creation of Residential School System, the experiences of the students, its impacts and traumas, and Indigenous-led political action, healing, and efforts towards Reconciliation.
Exhibit Dates at MPL
Angus Glen Library - April 2023
Markham Village Library - May 2023
Aaniin Library - June 2023
Cornell Library - July 2023
Unionville Library - August 2023
Thornhill Community Centre Library - September 2023
Milliken Mills Library - October 2023
Learn About Residential Schools in Canada
For over a century, residential schools operated in Canada, removing over 150,000 Indigenous children from their homes. Learn more about what happened in residential schools by listening to Survivor’s stories.
Learn How You Can Further Reconciliation Efforts
Reconciliation is often mistaken as a government-only issue. But reconciliation starts at the individual level with education. Learn more about what you can do to further reconciliation efforts.
Learn how you can further Reconciliation Efforts
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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.
Each year, on September 30th, we mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day. On this day, we honour the children who never returned home as a result of residential schools, Survivors, and Intergenerational Survivors. This day serves as a reminder that truth-telling and reconciliation are the responsibilities of all settlers.
We acknowledge the traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples and their commitment to stewardship of the Land. We acknowledge the communities in circle. The North, West, South and Eastern directions, and Haudenosaunee, Huron-Wendat, Anishnabeg, Seneca, Chippewa, and the current treaty holders, Mississaugas of the Credit peoples. We share the responsibility with the caretakers of this land to ensure the dish is never empty and to restore relationships that are based on peace, friendship, and trust. We are committed to reconciliation, partnership and enhanced understanding.