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Indigenous Studies

Highlight of Library Resources on Residential Schools

About National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The Government of Canada has passed legislation to make September 30 a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day is an important step in the reconciliation process. It provides an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and to honour their survivors, their families and communities.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Findings

The Final Report

Canada’s Residential Schools: The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was released December 15, 2015. It is divided into six volumes that encapsulate the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

  • Vol 1: The History Part 1: Origins to 1939 and Part 2: 1939-2000 
  • Vol 2: The Inuit and Northern Experience 
  • Vol 3: The Métis Experience 
  • Vol 4: Missing Children and Unmarked Burials 
  • Vol 5: The Legacy 
  • Vol 6: Reconciliation 

Additional Reports

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission released the following reports, all of which can be found at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

  • Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation of Canada
  • What We Have Learned: Principles of Truth and Reconciliation
  • The Survivors Speak: A Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

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