By Matthew McCully
On Sunday, the Richmond County Historical Society (RCHS) launched a new exhibit provided by the Legacy of Hope Foundation, a national, Indigenous-led, charitable organization that has been working to promote healing and Reconciliation in Canada for more than 19 years. According to the organization’s website, LHF’s goal is to educate and raise awareness about the history and existing intergenerational impacts of the Residential School System (RSS) and subsequent Sixties Scoop (SS) on Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) survivors, their descendants, and their communities to promote healing and reconciliation.
The exhibit “Indian Day Schools in Canada: An Introduction,” describing the colonization and assimilation practices of the Canadian government, will run at the museum, located at 1161 Route 243, Melbourne during opening hours (Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5p.m.) until Aug. 26, 2023.
A special ‘Opening Event’ to highlight the exhibit will take place July 9 from 2 to 4 p.m.
According to RCHS President Norma Husk, the historical society first heard about the Legacy of Hope Foundation through the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network.