Today, we recognize and commemorate the history and ongoing legacy of residential schools and the trauma experienced by so many. We believe Canadian business has an important role to play in reconciliation and commit to ongoing education, reflection and promoting economic reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. We will be learning more about the concrete actions we can take from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has excellent resources to deepen understanding of the legacy of residential schools, including workshops, videos and links to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s reports. Explore the NCTR’s site and sign up for online events here: https://nctr.ca/
The reports of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission contain 94 recommendations, as well as histories of the residential school system, stories of survivors, information on missing children and unmarked burials, and more. The reports are essential reading for anyone interested in truth and reconciliation and in calls to action so that Canada can move forward. They are freely available and in the public domain.
The following resources are meant to facilitate ongoing education and reflection on the history and ongoing legacy of Canada’s residential school system. We’ve also included resources that provide support for Indigenous peoples and residential school survivors across Canada.
Support for Indigenous Peoples
National Residential Crisis Line
A crisis line set up to provide support for survivors and those who need it. Call 1-866-925-4419.
Hope for Wellness Help Line
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. https://www.hopeforwellness.ca/
Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program
The Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program provides mental health, emotional and cultural support services to eligible former Indian Residential School students and their families.
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
At the NCTR, survivors, their families, educators, researchers and the public can examine the residential school system more deeply with the goal of fostering reconciliation and healing.
NCTR’s Truth and Reconciliation Week Online Public Events and Registration
These online events will provide historical workshops, exclusive video content and activities — all supported by artistic and cultural performances by First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Reports
Read the TRC’s 94 calls to action, final report and more.
A Conversation with Senator Murray Sinclair
Broadcast in 2016, Senator Murray Sinclair discusses the role of commissions in Canada.
Residential School Map
An interactive map of residential schools and TRC events in Canada. The map is updated regularly as more research is complete.
Native Land Digital strives to create and foster conversations about the history of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and settler-Indigenous relations, through educational resources such as our map and Territory Acknowledgement Guide. They strive to go beyond old ways of talking about Indigenous people and to develop a platform where Indigenous communities can represent themselves and their histories on their own terms.
Click here to view an interactive map of Indigenous territories and languages.
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