LETTERS OF SUPPORT
International Memorial Service for Survivors of Institutional
In March, 2000, the Law Commission of Canada produced a Report
to Parliament entitled “Restoring Dignity: Responding to
Child Abuse in Canadian Institutions”. The Report provides
recommendations for redressing child abuse in Canadian Institutions.
Among other recommendations, the Law Commission stated that there
should be places and times where and when those who lived in institutions
can record their experiences and where historical materials concerning
these institutions can be gathered.
The Law Commission also noted in its Report that many survivors
need some kind of memorial, whether in the form of a physical
structure or a service of some nature, to ensure that their experiences,
once acknowledged, will not be forgotten. The Commission stated
that above all, any kind of memorial should be a testament to
the children of the institutions: those who disclosed what they
went through and those who did not; those who survived and those
who died; those who have healed and who help others to heal. Any
initiative in this regard must not cause further harm to survivors,
their families or their communities.
In its Recommendations on redressing institutional child abuse,
the Law Commission of Canada emphasized that community initiatives
which are directed by survivors and based on survivors’
needs should be promoted as a significant means of redressing
institutional child abuse.
The Internations’ Justice Federation is an organization
of institutional child abuse survivors and their family and friends.
It is sponsoring an international memorial service for survivors
and their family and friends. This community-based initiative
is seeking to respond and implement the recommendations of the
Report on Institutional Child Abuse. We wish them success in their
Law Commission of Canada