An audio recording of the final site visit to the Huronia Regional Centre's Cemetery. Survivor Cindy Scott pleads that advocates are trying to do something about the abuse endured by residents at the institution.
Profile pictures of four speakers. Text: Remembering Huronia: Survivors Share Histories of Institutionalization. The Huronia Regional Centre was a total institution built and run by the Ontario government to warehouse people labeled as intellectually disabled. Since its doors closed in 2009, survivors have worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the experience of institutionalization and to seek justice for those institutionalized. Join Harold Dougall and Cindy Scott, who advocate on behalf of those buried in unmarked graves on Huronia grounds; and Patricia Seth and Marie Slark, key litigants in a multi-million dollar settlement against the government of Ontario. Photo credit Alex Tigchelaar. Thursday, February 11, 2016, 12 noon – 2pm. 61 Charles St, DTA 217, Downtown Campus.
Test: Suggestions for what to do with the Huornia grounds. Convey truths about Huronia’s history. Community – what it means to build one after Huronia closes, and that the people there were friends. Passionate speaker: direct, straight shooter.
Text: Your Name: Cindy Scott. Some of your accomplishments: Survived Huronia, showcased in a news article, worked to honour friends at Huronia cemetery by pushing activism around unmarked graves and commemorative archway. What are you good at? Surviving, painting business – drywall smith, housekeeping. What have you done that is exceptional? Spoken on radio, activism in Orillia/Huronia issues. What sets you apart from other people you have met? Proud lesbian, efficient, thoughtful/mindful of others. What might you offer to an organization interested in booking a person like you to speak or give advice? Experiences as a child at Huronia, I would show storybook and art about surviving. I want them to know people should know what happened, and that we survived, a living history.
Page from Marie Slark's scrapbook, produced in Recounting Huronia workshops: a drawing a sad woman sitting, a photograph of a Huronia Regional Centre room, words "Staff make the rules" and "Cindy Scott."