Survivors’ Secretariat’s Third Annual Survivors Gathering 2024

The Survivors’ Secretariat proudly announces our Third Annual Survivors of the Mohawk Institute Gathering happening June 25-27, 2024 at the Best Western in Brantford, Ontario.  

Taking place on the 54th anniversary of the school’s closure in 1970, the gathering will host over 100 Survivors from the 62 communities impacted by the Mohawk Institute. This year’s gathering will focus on Commemoration. This three-day event creates a space for Survivors to reconnect with peers, share their truths and lived experiences, and contribute their insights on how to best to commemorate missing children and unmarked burials associated with the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School.  

Attendees can anticipate compelling presentations, opportunities to share with peers, and partake in breakout sessions that will allow them to engage in cultural and wellness activities. 

Please note: Priority registration will be given to the Survivors of the Mohawk Institute and their support person. All other registrants will be automatically waitlisted. If space allows, guests identifying as Survivors of other Institutions or Intergenerational Survivors will be contacted after May 15th. 

Event Details:

What: Third Annual Survivors of the Mohawk Institute Gathering

When: Tuesday, June 25 – Thursday, June 27, 2024 (arrive as early as 3PM on Monday, June 24)

Where: Best Western, 19 Holiday Drive, Brantford, Ontario

Program: Third Annual Survivors of the Mohawk Institute Program

Supports: A hotel room and all meals will be provided to Mohawk Institute Survivors and their Support person. Travel and additional accommodation support will be arranged on a case-by-case basis.


Why do I have to be a Mohawk Institute Survivor to attend? This three-day event prioritized the voices of Survivors of the Mohawk Institute, fostering an environment where their lived experiences and truths were not only heard but also respected, supported, and preserved. The gathering is tailored for former students to share lived experiences and it serves as a vital engagement opportunity for the ongoing search efforts. Unfortunately, the guest list is not open to Inter-generational Survivors at this time.  

How can I help?

For those willing to support or volunteer, contact Tabitha at:

By supporting each other throughout this process we can positively contribute to the ongoing journey, of truth, justice, and healing.

Attendees of the Second Annual Survivors of the Mohawk Institute gather at Chiefswood Park