On Thursday, August 4, 2022, ground was broken the the future site of a residential school commemoration site and gathering place on Adademy Road near Centennial Street.
The province has committed $25,000 for the construction of a public memorial and commemorative monument at the site of the former Assiniboia Residential School.
The school operated between 1958 and 1973 and was one of only a handful of urban residential schools and the first residential high school in Manitoba. More than 750 students from 83 communities attended the school.
The memorial will feature a circle of metal markers engraved with the Indigenous names of the 83 communities, and students’ names will be engraved in paving stones throughout the site. Information panels with photos and graphics will provide further history and background.
“This new memorial will honour the resilience and legacy of the students who attended the Assiniboia Residential School and will serve as an important site to commemorate the children who were lost to their families and communities,” said Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations Minister Alan Lagimodiere.
The project includes several partners including the City of Winnipeg, RCMP, Canadian Centre for Child Protection and Westworth United Church.
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