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Indian Residential School System in Canada: Reconciliation

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

In November 2015, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, based out of the University of Manitoba, opened its doors. The NCTR houses millions of records collected by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, some of which have been sealed for decades.

The NCTR will keep statements, documents and other materials it receives from the TRC in a secure database and record office. Some of these documents are available online.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Findings

Canada’s Residential Schools: The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was released December 15, 2015. It is divided into six sections that encapsulate the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission:

Xwi7xwa Library Call Number: ERCA T733 C36 2015

Also available online from the UBC Library in both English and French. Note: The orange links on this page are currently not in publication order.

Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission also released publications while the commission ran, including the 94 Calls to Action and an Executive Summary if their findings.

Government of Canada

UBC Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

The proposed Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre will be a recognition of Aboriginal history and presence in the heart of the UBC campus. The Centre will be a place for former students and their families and communities to access their records and explore their history, and it will also be a place for many other people to learn more.

Affiliated with the National Research Centre established by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in Winnipeg, the Centre will be a place for advanced research and thought about how we

address the past and many of its issues, a hub for campus and community partnerships and cross-disciplinary work, and a focal point for thinking about the future. It will support community access, public programming, curriculum development, advanced research, and intensive and regular discussion on issues of common concern.

Learn more and see proposed architectural plans on the Centre's UBC Aboriginal Portal page and visit the IRSHDC UBC Campus and Community Planning website.

Online Resources

Local Government

Selected resource: A Knock on the Door

"It can start with a knock on the door one morning. It is the local Indian agent, or the parish priest, or, perhaps, a Mounted Police officer."

A Knock on the Door, published in collaboration with the National Research Centre for Truth & Reconciliation, gathers material from the several reports the TRC has produced to present the essential history and legacy of residential schools in a concise and accessible package that includes new materials to help inform and contextualize the journey to reconciliation that Canadians are now embarked upon. Survivor and former National Chief of the Assembly First Nations, Phil Fontaine, provides a Foreword. An Afterword introduces the holdings and opportunities of the National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation, home to the archive of recordings, and documents collected by the TRC.

Calls To Action - Responses

Orange Shirt Day

September 30th, 2015 - Historic

Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.

Truth and Reconciliation BC National Event - Historic