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The mandate is “From a place of hurting to a place of healing.”
Through resolutions and expressions of supports from all levels from survivors to community, regional and national leadership the mandate is clear. Aboriginal people need to have their story told about the Residential School System in Canada. The impacts of this Museum however will be far reaching.
“Therefore be it resolved that the Assembly of First Nations support the establishment of a national Indian Residential School Museum and further be it resolved that this national Indian Residential School Museum be established on the Long Plain Indian Reserve within the Rufus Prince Building and/or former Portage Indian Residential School.” Assembly of First Nations Resolution No. 34(B)2001
The unique composition of the building is its stark history of the former Portage Indian Residential School era where the National Indigenous Residential School Museum of Canada is now located.Learn More
History of the Portage Indian Residential School. The history of the former Portage Indian Residential School dates back to the 1880’s originally formed by the first Methodist/Presbyterian Church.Learn More
In The News
- 01 SepRead more
It’s a historic day for Long Plain First Nation and its Keeshkeemaquah reserve near Portage la Prairie, as well as the many survivors of the
“We are very honoured to host a national historical site basically in the centre of Canada, and to work towards highlighting and educating, and bringing awareness about these schools to the world…. The story needs to be told through Indigenous eyes,”Chief Dennis Meeches, Long Plain First Nation
You cannot erase history by destroying a building. When I acquired this land and the building in 1981 as a young chief at that time, I wanted to destroy it. I wanted to demolish it. But elders told me, “No, you’ve got to keep it for a testimony to the world at large to tell what happened to us.”Ernie Daniels, Former Chief & Knowledge Keeper