This web site looks at the history and nature of institutional
child abuse. It shows us how survivors are naming the abuse and
restoring dignity in their lives and communities. For the purpose
of this web site, institutional child abuse means the abuse forced
upon a child living in an institution in Canada.
Updated June 11, 2008
Prime Minister Harper offers full apology on behalf of
Canadians for the Indian Residential Schools system
For more than a century, Indian Residential Schools separated over
150,000 Aboriginal children from their families and communities.
In the 1870’s, the federal government, partly in order to meet its
obligation to educate Aboriginal children, began to play a role in
the development and administration of these schools. Two primary
objectives of the Residential Schools system were to remove and
isolate children from the influence of their homes, families,
traditions and cultures, and to assimilate them into the dominant
culture. Read More »
To begin, click on one of the main sections above, such
as Options for Dealing with Abuse or Understanding Institutional
If you feel any anxiety or unpleasantness while reading the content
of this site, please contact the Indian
Residential Schools Survivors Society. You may also read the
of this web site to find organizations that may help you through
this difficult healing process.
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This web site is made possible with funding
from the United Way of the Lower Mainland, the Law Commission of
Canada and the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.