Monument Unveiling
and Commemoration

Trigger warning: Readers may be triggered by the recount of Indian Residential Schools. To access a 24-hour National Crisis Line, call: 1-866-925-4419. Community Assistance Program (CAP) can be accessed by Anishinabek Nation member first nation citizens: 1-800-663-1142.

Indian Residential School (IRS) Commemoration Monument

Please note that only those who attended Indian Residential Schools will be commemorated on the monument. Applications received from Day School students will be kept on file for data purposes only.

Consent and Nomination Form

In 2013, the Anishinabek Nation unveiled the Indian Residential School monument to pay tribute to Anishinabek Nation First Nations citizens (living or deceased) who attended Indian Residential Schools.

Today, we look to continue this tribute by adding the names of individuals from the 39 Anishinabek Nation First Nations who attend Residential School. If you wish to have an individual’s name honoured on this monument, this consent form is to be completed by the individual themselves or by an authorized family member on their behalf.


NIPISSING FIRST NATION— On March 25, 2013, the Anishinabek Nation held a commemoration event at the HeadOffice located in Nipissing First Nation.

At the commemoration event, the unveiling of the honouring monument for all Anishinabek students who attendedIndian Residential Schools was held. At the same time, the launching of the numerous resources that weredeveloped to foster healing and promote education about the legacy of the Indian Residential School system wasintroduced.

The unveiling ceremony was an overall success with over 100 Anishinabek Nation citizens including Survivors andtheir families in attendance, and a move in the right direction.

The Anishinabek Nation is still accepting consent forms from Survivors (living or deceased) for their name tobe included on one of the 10 plaques that will be placed on the monument.

The consent form can be found here; it can be picked up at the Anishinabek Nation Head Office or you cancontact the Anishinabek Nation Reconciliation Manager at 705-497-9127 extension 2307.

Please enjoy the photos from the commemoration event. All photos where taken by Ed Regan – Regan Pictures andare the property of the Union of Ontario Indians.

Commemoration Initiatives

September 30 marks Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Over the past few years,several commemoration projects have been unveiled with more being announced every month. These projects includemonuments, sculptures, parks, legacy projects, multi-media projects, education curriculum, special archives, andSurvivors initiatives. These memorial projects will ensure that the truth and history of the Indian ResidentialSchools will never be forgotten.

**Truth and Reconciliation Commemoration Projects Map

An Interactive map identifying current IRS commemoration projects in Canada

Memorials and Commemoration Projects


Commemoration is an important component of the process of reconciliation. It will allow former students, theirfamilies, and their communities to pay tribute to, honour, educate, remember, memorialize, and acknowledge thesystemic impacts and the intergenerational effects of the Indian Residential School system on Indigenous peoplesand communities.

The objectives of Commemoration are to:
  • Assist in honouring and validating the healing and reconciliation of former students and their families byacknowledging their experiences;
  • Provide supports in an effort to improve relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people;
  • Provide an opportunity for former students and their families to support one another and torecognize/celebrate their strengths, courage, resiliency, and achievements;
  • Contribute to a sense of identity, unity, and belonging;
  • Promote Indigenous languages, cultures, traditional values, and spiritual beliefs;
  • Ensure the legacy of Indian Residential Schools, former students and their families’ experiences and needsare affirmed; and,

Memorialize the Indian Residential School experience in a tangible and permanent way.

Anishinabek Nation Memorial

Orange Shirt Day