Our Story

2021      2022
2021
May 2021
May 2021
In May 2021, Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation announced to the world that they had found 215 potential burials of children that were taken from their homes and locked up at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Following the Tk’emlúps news, Survivors of the Mohawk Institute at Six Nations of the Grand River began to meet weekly to determine how they would search the 600 acres of land associated with the former Mohawk Institute.
August 2021
August 2021

A Police Task Force is created to investigate deaths of children who died at the Institute. The Task Force is led by Six Nations Police, Brantford Police and the OPP. The Mandate of the Task Force is to find out who died, how they died, and where they are buried.

September 2021
September 2021
GPR Equipment

The Secretariat purchases one new ground-penetrating radar machine and upgrades a second machine already in the possession of Six Nations’ environment office.

September 2021
September 2021
Laura Arndt Chief Operating Officer

Laura Arndt is hired as Chief Operating Officer to help implement the work of the Secretariat.

September 2021
September 2021
Peter Schuler and Wendy Hill
Cultural Monitors, Peter Schuler and Wendy Hill, are hired to ensure that Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe cultural customs, ceremonies, protocols, and processes are respected and observed by the Task Force.
October 20, 2021
October 20, 2021
GPR (ground penetrating radar) training for Six Nations Police Service officers and community members.

Journalists and reporters are invited to Six Nations of the Grand River Territory to witness the final step of GPR (ground penetrating radar) training for Six Nations Police Service officers and community members.

November 9, 2021
November 9, 2021
Survivors hold a press conference at the Mohawk Village Memorial Park located by the Woodland Cultural Centre and begin the GPR search.

The search for unmarked burials using GPR machines begins. In the fall of 2021, 60 10’x10’ grids were laid out to be GPR scanned. Searchers were able to scan 37 of these grids before the snow covered the grounds. The remaining 23 grids will be completed in early spring and new grids will be laid out. At the same time, Survivors hold a press conference at the Mohawk Village Memorial Park located by the Woodland Cultural Centre and begin the GPR search. Press coverage is received locally, regionally, nationally, and around the world.

November 30, 2021
November 30, 2021
Survivors' Secretariat Logo

The Secretariat is officially incorporated.

November 29-30, 2021
November 29-30, 2021

Survivors meet for strategic planning to determine next steps in recovering the missing children.

December 14, 2021
December 14, 2021
Justice Murray Sinclair, former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Justice Murray Sinclair, former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada
Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada

Survivors meet with former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Justice Murray Sinclair. Survivors also meet with the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.

December 2021
December 2021
The Secretariat scans 10 acres of land with LiDAR technology

The Secretariat scans 10 acres of land with LiDAR technology. The data from these scans are sent to be processed and analyzed.

2022
January 26, 2022
January 26, 2022
$10.3 million in new funding to support the work of the Secretariat.

The federal government announces $10.3 million in new funding over three years to support the work of the Secretariat.

March 9, 2022
March 9, 2022

NCTR agreement with the Survivors’ Secretariat was set in place.

April 4, 2022
April 4, 2022
Roberta Hill and Jerome (Geronimo) Henry
Roberta Hill and Jerome (Geronimo) Henry
Sherlene Bomberry and Robert (Bob) Sutherland
Sherlene Bomberry and Robert (Bob) Sutherland
Diane Hill and Anthony (Tony) Bomberry
Diane Hill and Anthony (Tony) Bomberry
Dawn Hill and Alt: John Elliott
Dawn Hill and Alt: John Elliott

Board of Directors is officially formed.

April 7-9, 2022
April 7-9, 2022
Search of Mohawk Lake
The OPP Dive Team was requested to search Mohawk Lake to assist with the ongoing investigation of missing and murdered Indigenous children from the Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford. The OPP utilized side scan sonar (sound) technology to search the bottom of the lake.
June 8, 2022
June 8, 2022

Survivors' Secretariat's Executive Oversight Lead and member of the Kahnesatake Mohawk Nation, Kimberly Murray, is appointed Independent Special Interlocutor for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves by the federal government.

Kimberly is pictured here with Survivors Roberta Hill and John Elliot where they met Minister Lametti – the Attorney General of Canada, and Minister Miller before the public announcement.
Kimberly is pictured here with Survivors Roberta Hill and John Elliot where they met Minister Lametti – the Attorney General of Canada, and Minister Miller before the public announcement.

Survivors' Secretariat's Executive Oversight Lead and member of the Kahnesatake Mohawk Nation, Kimberly Murray, is appointed Independent Special Interlocutor for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves by the federal government.