Residential school survivors

Geraldine Robertson stands beside a memorial plaque honouring the 161 residential school survivors from Aamjiwnaang First Nation.

The names listed were largely researched and documented by Robertson, whose work and advocacy earned her an Order of Ontario nomination this year.

The unveiling coincided with Orange Shirt day, a day of memorial for indigenous families impacted by Canada’s residential school system.

Robertson herself is a residential school survivor. She was 11-years-old when she and her two younger sisters were sent to Mohawk Institute residential school in Brantford in 1947.

Troy Shantz