Gatherings

The Independent Special Interlocutor is hosting six National Gatherings on Unmarked Burials to engage with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Survivors, Elders, families, and communities, to facilitate knowledge sharing amongst those leading the search and recovery of missing children and unmarked graves associated with Indian Residential Schools. The Gatherings will focus on topics that will inform recommendations for a new federal legal framework which include:

  • Addressing trauma and the need for Indigenous health and wellness supports for Survivors, families, and communities in relation to the search and recovery of unmarked burials and missing children.
  • Indigenous laws and protocols that are essential in the search and recovery of missing children. Indigenous Peoples have their own laws and protocols relating to burials, funeral practices, protection of lands and their responsibilities to the missing children.
  • The importance of supporting Survivors, Indigenous families, and communities who are leading this Sacred work.
  • Affirming Indigenous data sovereignty and the right of Indigenous Peoples to exercise ownership, control, access, and possession over their records and data.
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Upcoming Gatherings

Past Gatherings

National Gathering on Unmarked Burials: Supporting the Search and Recovery of Missing Children

September 6, 2023 to September 8, 2023

Gathering Program Speaker Presentations Recorded sessions

National Gathering on Unmarked Burials: Upholding Indigenous Laws

March 27, 2023 to March 29, 2023

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National Gathering on Unmarked Burials: Affirming Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Community Control over Information and Knowledge

January 16, 2023 to January 18, 2023

Gathering Program Speaker Presentations View Photo Gallery Recorded sessions View Summary Report

National Gathering on Unmarked Burials: Addressing Trauma in the Search and Recovery of Missing Children and Unmarked Burials

November 28, 2022 to November 30, 2022

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National Gathering on Unmarked Burials: Supporting the Search and Recovery of Missing Children

September 12, 2022 to September 14, 2022

Gathering Program View Photo Gallery Recorded sessions View Summary Report