We call upon provincial, territorial, municipal, and community archives to work collaboratively with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to identify and collect copies of all records relevant to the history and legacy of the residential school system, and to provide these to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Indigenous Watchdog Status Update

Current StatusMarch 31, 2021IN PROGRESS
Previous StatusDec. 31, 2020IN PROGRESS

Why “In Progress”?

Limited progress in the provinces and/or territories and other designated stakeholder groups.

The Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat

The Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat has launched a program to alert former students who made claims of abuse at Indian Residential Schools about their options on what happens to the records from their claims. The Secretariat has set up a new website, http://www.MyRecordsMyChoice.ca, where claimants can find information about their options.

On September 19, 2027, records of claims made in the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) or the earlier Alternative Dispute Resolution process (ADR) will be destroyed unless claimants ask for a copy for themselves, or choose to share or preserve them. Those who wish to preserve their records for history may choose to share them with National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR).

The NCTR has been created to preserve the history and legacy of Canada’s residential schools. Hosted at the University of Manitoba, it already includes millions of records about residential schools, including statements from former students and other records gathered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), historical documents, and information about former students and staff. To share their records with the NCTR, claimants must complete a consent form. The consent form is available on the http://www.MyRecordsMyChoice.ca website.

British Columbia

The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre
April 8, 2018 – The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre will house accounts of survivors that were collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The new centre aimed at educating the public about the devastation of the residential school system opens at the University of British Columbia. The two-storey centre was funded by $5.5 million in donations. (Canadian Press)

Ontario

The Journey Together: Ontario’s Commitment to Indigenous Peoples

Includes Identifying death records of “lost children” who attended residential school and contribute to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation archives, locate burial sites and repatriate remains when requested and/or provide memorial ceremonies and markers.

The Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC)

Nov. 26, 2020 – Algoma University is partnering with the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC to increase access to information about the history of Residential Schools. “By leveraging the strengths of our organizations, this partnership will further our commitment to sharing and teaching about the history of Residential Schools.” ,” shared SRSC Researcher/Curator Krista McCraken.

The Shingwauk Indian Residential School was first established in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in1873 as a residential school for Indigenous children. The school closed in 1970, and shortly after Algoma University relocated to the site. The Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association, and the Shingwauk Project, which included Survivors, their families, and community members, formed a movement to educate the public and document this important history. The group gathered documents and photos, conducted research and more, leading to the eventual establishment of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC). The SRSC’s records gathering process and engagement with the community predates the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) process, which ran from 2009 to 2015. Records and research about residential schools and day schools are often held in various government, church, regional, local and university archives, making them difficult to access. By partnering with the SRSC, the Centre will broaden access to a broader range of records related to residential schools and day schools across Canada.

Official Federal Government Response: Sept. 5, 2019

The Government of Canada is not the lead on a response for Call to Action # 77