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Indian Residential School System in Canada: Health & Healing

Living Well

The Indian Residential School Survivors Society encourages you to take time to care for your Mental and Emotional well being.

For UBC students

UBC Counselling Services is located at 1040 Brock Hall. You can reach them at 604-822-3811.

Health & Healing

"... the residential school introduced features to Aboriginal communities which have been passed on from generation to generation — these are spoken of collectively as the intergenerational legacy of the residential school system. The consequences of the policy of forced assimilation are very much alive in Aboriginal communities."
     - The Healing Has Begun by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (2002, p. 2)

UBC Catalogue

        Search for books, reports and media using subject headings, for example:

         Search by residential school organizations as an author, for example:


Indexes and Databases

          Search keywords, for example: boarding schools, indian residential school*

 Open Access Journals       

Scholarly journals freely available key resources in Aboriginal health research (University of Manitoba - Aboriginal Health)

For Survivors

Health Support Services for Former Indian Residential Schools Students

An Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line (1-866-925-4419) is available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of his or her residential school experience.

You can also call the Crisis Line to get information on other health supports provided by the Health Canada Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program.