PEOPLE’S HISTORY PROJECT
Uncovering the People’s History Project
Sharing our stories, building our knowledge, changing the future
The Uncovering the People’s History Project sees Family Alliance Ontario partnering with Family Networks from across the province, in order to gather stories from survivors who have experienced life in an institution, along with their family members, friends and local communities. Family networks will co-host community gatherings to support people in sharing their experience(s) to help shape the general public’s awareness around this poignant part of Ontario’s contemporary history. The collective learning and artifacts arising from this project will culminate in the creation of an exhibit that can continue to educate Ontario’s citizens and families about the inherent dangers resulting from an institutional model of care.
This project is made possible by remaining funds from the class action suit brought forward by former residents of the Huronia, Rideau and Southwest Regional Centres. It is intended to benefit individuals with a developmental disability and their families.
Vision & Core Values
- Community-based capacity building
- All people and their experiences
- The gifts that people share and the learning that arises from those gifts
- Everyone’s right to be an equal citizen of their chosen community
- The right of all people to own their story
- Survivors are at the core of our work
- We honor and make every effort to include those individuals with varying communication skills.
- All means are used to ensure that everyone will be able to participate.
- We are conscious of the impact of this work.Therefore, all processes associated with the project will be designed in such a way as to mitigate, as much as possible, any harmful effects on anyone involved.
- We work in partnership withFamily Networks, to support them in holding the lead role in building capacity in their communities.
- We remain committed to fostering reciprocal relationships.
- We welcome everyone, without exception.
- We are sensitive to all survivors at all stages of the project.
- We are flexible in our work, responsive to various learning abilities.