EXCLUSION TO BELONGING
Listening to institutional survivors and siblings, allies, and supporters.
Exclusion to Belonging houses three web-based projects developed by L’Arche Toronto. Listen to My Story is a collection of personal stories of institutional life by those who lived there and their families. Birds Make Me Think About Freedom (coming soon) is a multi-media meditation on interdependence, inclusion, transformation and imagination, based on the testimonies of persons who were institutionalized, their families and friends. Healing and Belonging (coming soon) explores creative ways to listen to and support institutional survivors who have complex needs and limited means of communicating.
LISTEN TO MY STORY
Part of the Investing in Justice Project
Listen to My Story is a collection of personal stories of institutional life by those who lived there and their families. On October 26th, 2018, a group of institutional survivors and siblings of institutional survivors gathered at Ryerson University in Toronto to conduct a workshop for people who live and work with people who once lived in an institution. In these videos, three institutional survivors and two siblings of survivors share their stories.
“I want them people out here in the community to listen to their survivors and the community. Not stick them behind locked doors. So we can learn."
Harold Dougall, institutional survivor
Investing in Justice
Distory (distory.ca), is an inclusive, multi-generational collaboration exploring past and present impacts of institutionalization, discrimination and the need for disability justice.
Remember Every Name (remembereveryname.ca) is led by survivors of the Huronia Regional Centre in Orillia, Ontario. This initiative is committed to ensuring that people locally and nationally remember the history of eugenics and abuse that took place at the institution.