Legacy of Hope Foundation


The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is a national Indigenous charitable organization whose purposes are to educate, to raise awareness and understanding of the legacy of residential schools, including the effects and intergenerational impacts on First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, and to support the ongoing healing process of Residential School Survivors. Fulfilling this mandate contributes towards reconciliation among generations of Indigenous peoples, and between the Original peoples of Canada and all Canadians.

The LHF fulfills this mandate by: working in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, communities and organizations across Canada; and undertaking communications, research, and policy activities that support the development and implementation of our educational and exhibitional programming. All of these activities are informed by the experiences and stories of Residential Schools Survivors, their families, and communities.

Our work is guided by ethical guidelines and principles for working with Survivors and Indigenous communities. These ethical guidelines are based on: 1) a deep concern and compassion for and honouring of Survivors, their families, and communities; and 2) a clear understanding of the need for and importance of the oral tradition of Indigenous peoples. We take as our fundamental guiding principle that the work of the LHF must contribute to the health, safety, well-being, and healing Survivors, their families, and communities, and towards promoting reconciliation in Canada.