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Community Dialogues on Missing Children and Unmarked Burials

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation will host a two day virtual gathering Community Dialogues on Missing Children and Unmarked Burials, on March 30 – 31, 2022. The virtual gathering seeks to convene Indigenous leaders, residential school Survivors and organizations that have begun, or intend to begin searching for burials sites of former residential schools.

Specifically, the gathering aims to contribute to inter-community support and learning. At this gathering, we will share lessons learned and best practices that will serve as a valuable resource for communities engaging in the efforts to help find and/or identify children that did not return from residential school.

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NCTR’s spirit name – bezhig miigwan, meaning “one feather”.

Bezhig miigwan calls upon us to see each Survivor coming to the NCTR as a single eagle feather and to show those Survivors the same respect and attention an eagle feather deserves. It also teaches we are all in this together — we are all one, connected, and it is vital to work together to achieve reconciliation.