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National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) at the University of Manitoba houses the Indian Residential School archive and is the permanent home for all materials collected by the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

UBC Initiatives - Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre


Architect's concept rendering from Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre website


The proposed Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSHDC) 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 page on the Campus and Community Planning website.

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.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada - Reports

Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada.

Final Report

The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission  (in English and French) is available here in PDF format. The 7 volume, 3766 page final report was released on December 15 2015, following a six year mandate where three Commissioners heard more than 6,750 survivor and witness statements from across the country. The UBC Library also has digital copies of the report. (Note: Links on this page are not listed in report order.)

Report at the Xwi7xwa Library

Call number: ERCA T733 C36 2015

TRC Calls to Action

The TRC issued 94 Calls to Action "in order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation."

Summary of the Final Report

The Excecutive Summary of the Final Report is a single volume report.


History - Selected Resources

Xwi7xwa Library Guide

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UBC Initiatives - Historic

UBC Suspension of classes on September 18th, 2013 

Our Truth UBC - September 18, 2013 Video

UBC took the extraordinary step of suspending classes on September 18, 2013 so that students, faculty, and other members of the UBC community might more fully participate in a historic Truth and Reconciliation event and the related events around the city of Vancouver.

Local events 2013