We call upon the federal government to allocate sufficient resources to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to allow it to develop and maintain the National Residential School Student Death Register established by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Indigenous Watchdog Status Update

Current StatusNov. 9, 2020IN PROGRESS
Previous StatusAug. 17, 2020IN PROGRESS

Why “In Progress”?

Budget 2019 announced $33.8 million over 3 years starting in fiscal year 2019 to 2020 to develop and maintain the National Residential School Student Death Register and work with parties to establish and maintain an online registry of residential school cemeteries.

Records of Children’s deaths in Residential School

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Sept. 30, 2019 – The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation revealed the names of 2,800 children who died in residential schools in a ceremony in Gatineau, Quebec. A 50-metre long blood red cloth bearing the names of each child and the schools they attended was unfurled and carried through a crowd of Indigenous children, elders and chiefs, residential school survivors and others. Ry Moran NCTR Director, says an additional 1,600 also died but remain unnamed. There were also many hundred who simply vanished, undocumented in any records so far uncovered. (Toronto Star). In total, 4,037 Indigenous children are listed in the Memorial Register:

Records of DeathsDescription
1,953Positively identified
365Additional names added to the memorial register after additional investigation
477Under Investigation
1,242known to have passed away but whose names are not yet known

Official Federal Government Response: Sept. 5, 2019

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada has provided funding to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to support the development of a database registering the children who died or went missing while at Indian residential schools. This represents a critical first step towards addressing Calls to Action 73 to76.

In addition, Budget 2019 announced $33.8 million over 3 years, starting in fiscal year 2019 to 2020, to develop and maintain the National Residential School Student Death Register and work with parties to establish and maintain an online registry of residential school cemeteries.