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Indian Residential School System in Canada


"... 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."

(From The Healing Has Begun by the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, 2002).

Support Services

For Former Indian Residential Schools Students

The 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 their residential school experience.

You can also call the Crisis Line to get information on other health supports. 

For UBC Students

UBC Counselling Services 

  • Brock Hall, 1874 East Mall, Room 1040. Phone: 604-822-3811
  • For Aboriginal students: First Nations Longhouse, 1985 West Mall. Phone: 604 822 8941

Finding Materials on Health and Healing

UBC Catalogue

Search the UBC Catalogue using subject headings. For example:

Search the UBC Catalogue for Indigenous organizations as the author. For example:

Indexes and Databases

Search the following indexes and databases for keywords. For example: Boarding schools, Indian residential school*, etc.