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In May, 2021, the remains of 215 children were found at a Residential School in Kamloops, B.C. We recognize that this is a triggering time for many Indigenous people across the province and beyond. We stand with Survivors, their families, their communities, and particularly with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation during this very challenging time.
Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society is a B.C. based organization that’s been providing services like counselling and health and cultural services to survivors of residential schools. Residential school survivors who need support can call the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.
This guide has been developed as a general introduction to resources in the field of Residential Schools. It is not a comprehensive listing of sources, but rather a starting point from which you can begin your research according to your information needs.
Indian Residential School Day of Learning
Xwla ye totel ó:met qas ye slilekwel
“towards understanding and harmony”
On September 18, 2013 UFV held a special day of learning for students, faculty, staff and guests . For full details:
Day of Learning Website
Look for the Indian Residential School Day of Learning (IRSDL)videos by clicking on the link under the heading Learning Outcomes. It will take you to a page that says +videos. Click on the + to see all the videos available.
Explore UFV Resources
For your convenience, a printable version of the residential schools bibliography.
Short on time? Just want to dive right in? Start here.
Native Residential Schools: A Selective Bibliography
A useful bibliography of general works, personal accounts, theses, NFB films, and more.
Truth and Reconciliation - CBC
Gateway to many CBC resources, including background, analysis, news stories, video footage.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Links to their reports, news briefings, videos, relevant websites, and more.
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (University of Manitoba)
An archive of statements, documents, photographs, footage, school records, maps, plans, TRC reports, and much more.
Where are the Children: Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools
Legacy of Hope Foundation site with timelines, maps, information, virtual schools, interviews with residential school survivors, photographs, and more.
Learn about the Indian Act (UBC Indigenous Foundations)
"While the Indian Act has undergone numerous amendments since it was first passed in 1876, today it largely retains its original form."