About The Society
The Acimowin Opaspiw Society was formed to represent the interests of Survivors of Residential Schools, and their descendants. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors and an Executive Committee. Membership to the Society is open to all Survivors of Blue Quills and their Descendants.
The Society's mandate is to represent the Survivors of Blue Quills Residential School, with projects, initiatives and ensuring the required resources are obtained for implementation of:
1. Ensuring the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions 94 calls to Action are acted upon
2. Blue Quills Residential School Survivor Support and Wellness.
(Health & Wellness)
3. Truth Telling
(Residential School Survivor Stories, Bringing the Children Home Project)
4. Indigenous Language and Culture Preservation
(Cree and Dene language reclamation classes, Transcribing all media and documents, Traditional knowledge keepers)
5. Knowledge Sharing
( Survivors, Elders with younger generations)
(documentaries, songs, artistic expressions)
7. Indigenous Intellectual Property Protection
(engagements with local artists, businesses, knowledge keepers, song
makers on intellectual property protection)
The Board of Directors have identified a strategic plan for the next four years, that will be in alignment with the Society's' mandate. The Society will be focused on these projects:
Residential School Survivor Cultural Supports and Holistic Wellness
(Eagle Feather Wellness Plan/ Continuum, to support Survivor healing during the Investigation and after)
Blue Quills IRS Missing Children in Unmarked Burials Investigation
Subsurface investigation into 3 former Blue Quills Residential School Sites.
Language revitalization and reclamation resources
(Cree and Dene Language classes, translation of media in Cree and Cree syllabics)
(Cultural Life Skills and Land Based Learning)
More information on all projects will be released shortly.