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Where are the Children?
Where are the Children?  Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools

From January 28 to March 8 2009 the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound presents Where are the Children? Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools.

Co-produced by the Legacy of Hope Foundation, the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and Library and Archives Canada, the exhibition is an important step towards raising awareness on the effects of the Residential School System on First Nations, Métis and Inuit children who attended these schools.

According to National Archivist Ian E. Wilson, "Archivists, as custodians of social memory, cannot be spectators; we take part in the creation of memories by the records we preserve.  We are active participants."

Iroquois photographer, researcher and Curator Jeff Thomas, tells the story mainly through historical photographs.  Library and Archives Canada, ten cultural and religious institutions and the curator have contributed to the exhibition’s content.  To further complement Where are the Children? a virtual exhibition has been developed and can be seen at .

This exhibition is sponsored in Owen Sound by The Sun Times and Best Western Inn on the Bay.
Picture above:  “Looking Unto Jesus.” A class in penmanship at the Red Deer Indian Industrial School,
Red Deer, Alberta, ca. 1914-1999. United Church of Canada, Victoria University Archives, 93.049P/850N

Picture shown on home page:
Aboriginal children in class at the Roman Catholic-run Fort George Catholic Indian Residential School, Fort George, Quebec, 1939. Archives Deschâtelets
Photographer: Bud Glunz National Film Board of Canada. National Archives of Canada, PA-134110

For interviews or photographs, please contact: Michelle Le Chien, Assistant Curator/Registrar
Tom Thomson Art Gallery, 840 First Avenue West, Owen Sound,
Ontario N4K 4K4
(519) 376-1932