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Indian Residential School System in Canada

Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre


Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre

Summer Hours:
Mon – Thurs: 10 am to 3 pm
Fri: 9 am to 12 pm

Located on unceded Musqueam territory, on the University of British Columbia's Vancouver campus, the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre offers a “continually growing set of resources that explore the historical context of settler colonialism in Canada and foundational themes relating to the history of the Indian Residential School System, Indigenous histories, contemporary realities, and futures.”

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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).

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.)

Find the report in the Xwi7xwa Library catalogue.
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.