History of Developmental Services

Huronia Regional Centre was the only facility that had its own cemetery for the residents who died there.

Before 1958, gravestones were marked with registration numbers only. This was to protect the privacy of the resident and their family. In total, 377 gravestones in the cemetery list registration numbers only.

A new section was added to the cemetery in 1953. Starting in 1958, all gravestones were marked with the resident's name, year of birth and year of death. In total, 179 gravestones in the cemetery include these details.

The last institutional burial was in 1971. After 1971, all residents who passed away at the institution were buried in municipal cemeteries according to the wishes of their families.

In 2014, as part of the Huronia Settlement Agreement, the ministry created a cemetery registry, which lists by name each of the 1,379 individuals buried at the cemetery.


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