From Asylum to Community - A Participatory Action Project "UNCOVERING the PEOPLE'S HISTORY"
The vision of the Family Alliance Ontario in UNCOVERING the PEOPLE’S HISTORY project is to assist individuals and their families/friends to understand the negative impact that institutionalization has on people, not only the individuals themselves, but their families, and society as a whole. It is important for Family Alliance Ontario to keep the history alive so that we never forget the harm inflicted on people through the institutional care model so that it will never happen again!
Family Alliance Ontario members will assist institutional survivors, people with developmental disabilities, their families/friends and members of People First Ontario to take the message across the province and engage the general public. UNCOVERING the PEOPLE’S HISTORY project will be a building block of true reconciliation...where understanding helps bring about change...an important journey of true learning!
Uncovering UNCOVERING the PEOPLE’S HISTORY project will be developed through collaboration with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families/friends, survivors from the Huronia Regional Centre, Rideau Regional Centre and Southwest Regional Centre, survivors from other institutional care settings and our affiliated family networks throughout Ontario. We will host several gatherings across Ontario through which to uncover the lived experiences missing from contemporary history. Institutional survivors, families and allies will be invited to contribute their lived experience in the way that is meaningful to them.
Family Networks throughout Ontario will be invited to support or host gatherings of people to allow them to hear the stories of survivors of institutional care; family leaders who helped start the movement for community based supports; current leaders in the People First of Ontario movement; and current leadership within the Family Networks who are working alongside of people with disabilities to ensure people have access to an everyday ordinary life.
UNCOVERING the PEOPLE’S HISTORY will bring legitimacy to the words of the Premier, the Honourable Kathleen Wynne as she addressed people on December 9, 2013. “As Premier, and on behalf of all the people of Ontario, I am sorry for your pain, for your losses, and for the impact that these experiences must have had on your faith in this province, and in your government. I am sorry for what you and your loved ones experienced, and for the pain you carry to this day.” She concluded her apology with these words: “As a society, we seek to learn from the mistakes of the past. And that process continues. I know, Mr. Speaker, that we have more work to do. And so we will protect the memory of all those who have suffered, help tell their stories and ensure that the lessons of this time are not lost.”
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Who is working on this project?
Steering Committee--6 members of the Family Alliance Ontario Board
Advisory Group--includes institutional survivors; family members; self-advocates; advocates; people with project experience
Project Coordinator and Story Facilitator
Family Networks throughout Ontario
This is the Plain Language version identifying the vision of the project.