MIL OSI Translation. Canadian French to English
Source: Government of Canada – MIL OSI in French 2
June 25, 2019Regina, Ontario Public Safety Canada
Today, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale announced the transfer of the Regina Indian Industrial School (RIIS) Cemetery from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to the RIIS Memorial Association. The purpose of this land transfer is to honor the memory of the children buried in this cemetery during the school’s 19 years of operation and to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call for Action # 75 and to maintain the sites where residential school children were buried.
Minister Goodale, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, and RIIS Commemorative Association President Sarah Longman joined local Indigenous communities, Elders and families of former residents of RIIS, as well as and provincial and municipal stakeholders, for a ceremony demonstrating the RCMP’s ongoing efforts in the reconciliation process.
The ceremony was punctuated by the prayers of the Aboriginal grandmothers and the speeches by Minister Goodale, Commissioner Lucki and others. Two students read the names of the First Nations from whom the residents came and a song of honor was sung in tribute to the descendants of the students of RIIS. A reception followed at the RCMP Heritage Center.
RIIS was founded by the federal government in 1891 and administered by the Presbyterian Church until it closed in 1910. More than 500 Métis and First Nations children from 43 Aboriginal communities in the Prairies, from age three to early in their twenties, were educated there. It is estimated that at least 35 of these children are buried in unmarked graves in this cemetery.
In September 2016, the cemetery was designated a municipal heritage site and in April 2017, a provincial heritage site. Since then, the RIIS Memorial Association has been striving to keep the memory alive in keeping with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls for action.
“The treatment of Aboriginal peoples is a scourge in the history of our country and residential schools are just one example. The transfer of land from the RIIS cemetery took years to come to fruition, and I am proud to witness this momentous reconciliation day in Regina. “
– The Honorable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“The RCMP is honored to have played a role in this symbolic act of reconciliation. We know that reconciliation can not be reduced to a speech or a check mark on a list. It is a constant process, a movement towards the future, a reflection on the past and a permanent dialogue. “
– Brenda Lucki, Commissioner, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
“The RIIS Memorial Association is honored and touched to accept the land title of the RIIS cemetery on behalf of the Aboriginal communities that had children in this boarding school and descendants of these students. We are committed to working with others to restore and beautify the cemetery and to keep alive the memory of the children who are buried there. “
– Sarah Longman, President, RIIS Memorial Association
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