We call upon the Government of Canada to commit to making a funding contribution of $10 million over seven years to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, plus an additional amount to assist communities to research and produce histories of their own residential school experience and their involvement in truth, healing, and reconciliation.

Indigenous Watchdog Status Update

Current StatusJune 14, 2021STALLED
Previous StatusMarch 31, 2021STALLED

Why “Stalled”?

In December, 2016 the Prime Minister committed $10M in financial support for the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation. There has been no comparable commitment or response to the request for additional funding for community initiatives.

Missing Children Project

Mar. 10, 2021: National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Governing Circle and the University of Manitoba – announced the appointment of Stephanie Scott to the position of Executive Director. Under Scott’s leadership, the NCTR will launch groundbreaking digitization and research initiatives. Among these efforts will be Phase two of the Missing Children Project, a $6 million Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grant to develop a searchable database, and planning for a new archives building.

New developments at the NCTR include a brand-new accessible website, which displays multiple resources to create necessary educational programs to move the country forward in its enactment of the TRC’s calls to action. The NCTR has also successfully installed and tested its new content management system. Over 12 million digital objects have been successfully migrated with descriptions for long-term preservation.

The NCTR is reimaging what its archives can be, and do, as it undertakes an ambitious project to restructure and decolonize its data, thanks to funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Innovation Fund.

The Missing Children Project, which is funded by Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC), will create a research team to review the NCTR’s archival holdings. The purpose is to help identify the many children who lost their lives at a Residential School.

Official Federal Government Response: Sept. 5, 2019

The Government of Canada has provided $10 million to support the important work of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, as announced by the Prime Minister in December 2016. This contribution will help to ensure that the history and legacy of Canada’s residential school system is remembered.