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Residential Schools: Introduction


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:

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For your convenience, a printable version of the residential schools bibliography.

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